On Monday, we flew from London to Rome, arriving in the afternoon and heading straight to the Hotel Maryelen & Giovy. The hotel is situated in a hotel district just a few minutes walk from the Termini. Our room was on Floor 5 so we were just up above the top of this photo.
|Part of our room.|
|The hotel room was perfectly fine but the keys were a real treat. The small key opened the regular-sized door to our room. The large key opened this door:|
|The heavy wooden door to the wing containing our room; the metal bar came in handy when pushing the door open.|
|We took this photo to show everyone how we spent a lot of time in Rome; yes, Don caught my cold.|
On Tuesday, we bought Roma passes before we set out for a day exploring ancient Rome. The Roma passes give you free entry to the first 2 museums/sites, discount admissions on others, free public transportation, and--the best part--permission to skip to the front of the lines. Why is that important? Well, look at the Colosseum, our first stop.
|The Colosseum. See all of those people? Well, except for that group on the far right, that is the line to buy admission.|
|..and the line continues inside the Colosseum. We got to skip all of that and save ourselves at least an hour.|
|A view of the arena and structures below|
|The brick work was so interesting.|
|You thought graffiti was a modern problem? It goes back centuries with men leaving their marks on the Colosseum walls.|
|A view from one of the openings in the structure. Notice the umbrella pines that are found all over the city.|
|One of the public water fountains that are also found all over the city. The water is fine and these spouts are very handy for filling your water bottle.|
|I am very pleased with this shot because I managed to photograph (for free) some of the men who dress as gladiators and cajole people to have their photos taken with a gladiator--for a stiff price, of course.|
|Wandering through the Forum|
|These impressive arches are only one-third of the original Basilica of Constantine, a hall of justice.|
|The ceiling in one of the arches|
|Heard of the Vestal Virgins? This was their residence and garden.|
After the Forum, it was up to the Palatine Hill.
|What is left of a huge palace on the hill that housed emperors for 3 centuries.|
|This is part of the Museo Palatino, which contains statues and frescoes that help you imagine the luxury of the imperial structures on the hill. |
|Portion of a marble floor displayed in the museum.|
After immersing ourselves in ancient Rome, we decided to do some people watching by following Rick Steves' Dolce Vita Stroll through the city. We got into the strolling and eating part so well that it took us 3 evenings to finish the walk.