18.08.2011 31 °C
This is my 3rd visit to Roma and I am getting to like it. It is dirty and overrun by marochinis (foreigners) but I love it there is something special about seeing the Colosseum as you wander through town and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier part of the Vittorio Emmaulle II building in Piazza Venezia is breathtaking at night. The Romans don’t go out until about 7 or 8 pm for a drink or café and don’t have dinner until 9 or 10pm so it makes for a late night and its so easy to get around and you feel safe and secure amongst the chaos of people and traffic.
We got to catch up with family yes there is more of them and we managed to have a pranzo (lunch) with both my uncle and Angelas auntie and got escorted around to see more churches to the kids disgust especially Izzy who was wearing shorts and a tank top one day and had to put on these clothes to cover her legs and shoulders not quite the Milan fashion look! I cant believe they have so many churches some of these chuches were amazing and others were so so. On one of escorted visits we went to Villa Adriano to see the ruins but even more awe inspiring are the gardens at Villa D’Este at Tivoli. The fountains and gardens are beautiful and a perfect way to spend a hot roman day.
We spent our last night in Piazza Navona in an obsencely expensive café listening to Opera being played in the Piazza as part of the public holiday of Ferie Augosto. We wandered our way through Rome stopping at the Fontana di Trevi to ensure we return, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, past the roman ruins on the Fiori Imperiali and of course the Colosseum. It is a magical place and I want to return.
The holiday is coming to an end and Singapore awaits as our final stop before heading home.