Octoberfestivus Day 11

Posted: October 14, 2012 in Travel

Arrivaderci Roma

Our last full day in Rome dawned bright and clear and so we headed of nice and early to the Piazza Navona to beat the crowds. The streets were remarkably quiet at 0830 on a Sunday morning and there were only about 20 people as we passed the Trevi Fountain and then onto the Piazza. Then we had our first problem of the day – very difficult to get an actual breakfast in Rome let alone at 0900 in the morning. When they suggested a coffee and Cornetto I thought it an odd combination until I realised in Italian a cornetto is a croissant ! Lock that one away in the memory bank. Then wasted 20 minutes trying to hook into the “free” wifi and maybe it is the HTC android but in reality I have found free wifi and a phone is hopeless in Italy. The iPad works a treat with the wifi in the apartments though. A short stroll from the Piazza found us at the Tiber river and on this glorious morning St Peters Basilica looked a treat framed against the river and bridges. On crossing the river it was a short stroll to the Castel Santangelo which we strolled around – for once we did not feel the need to go inside on such a beautiful day. Then we walked to the Metro to catch a subway to our last official sight to see – Church of San Giovanni in Laterano. Another stunning interior but then they have all been have they not? This just left some souvenir hunting to do and a bite of lunch back near the Trevi Fountain so we used our Roma Pass one last time and looked for a typical Italian Caffe for our last lunch in Roma. And yes we had beer and pizza. A slow walk home back up 6 of the 7 hills apparently left us gasping for a Gelato. Hey there is one just around the corner. Sweet!

So tonight we will stroll the 20 feet across the road to our favourite little restaurant Il Sissori for some Spaghetti and Chianti to toast Roma goodbye. Tomorrow morning we walk down to Termini dragging our slightly heavier bags and certainly heavier stomachs with us for the short train trip to Florence. We suspect our apartment may not be so quiet and peaceful.

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