(written by Bill)
Over the past several months we have presented a number of series about travel within the United States. We will now do a three part series on a trip made back in 2007 when we visited three gorgeous cities in Italy – Rome, Florence, and Venice.
Rome - We (Linda and I) flew out of San Francisco in mid-September heading for our first location in the city of Rome. What a wonderful place to visit and the people are the greatest! Even though it was a long flight (nearly 14 hours via Frankfurt Germany), we couldn’t resist taking a walk after arriving at our hotel in downtown Rome, (Hotel Piazza di Spagna) to get a feel for our new surroundings.
First thing in the morning we hopped on a city tour bus, as we normally do, to get an overview of where everything is located. After orienting ourselves we were off to take a tour of Vatican City, which can be summed up by saying “absolutely amazing!” Next we went to the Spanish Steps and mingled with the hordes of people that congregate near the fountain at the bottom of the steps. Later on we walked from our hotel to the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous landmarks, and shared the view with dozen’s of others who were enjoying this magnificent sculptured masterpiece.
One of our biggest highlights while in Rome was being able to see the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. We arrived early in the morning and bought a ticket for a walking tour which turned out to be extremely rewarding as our guide filled us full of facts. After the Colosseum tour we ventured (within walking distance) over to the Roman Forum and strolled through the site of so many ancient government buildings. Quite spectacular. So much history!
We also took a half-day to tour the Pantheon Building which was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125 and is one of the most preserved and influential building of Ancient Rome.
Others have written entire books based on what we just presented but we must be brief in our blog. It is our hope that we have given you enough so you will feel the warmth and attraction of Rome and want to add it to your bucket list. For those of you who live in this spectacular city, we hope we have done a good job presenting just a few of the wonderful sights to see.
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Our next blog will cover the city of Florence, Italy.
Hope you enjoy…