Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rome: Day 2

This morning we ate breakfast in our hotel and then walked downtown to purchase a Rome pass to ride the buses for 3 days. We rode into the center of Rome, looked at an archeological site in the middle of the road (where Audrey Hepburn sleeps on a bench on Roman Holiday) "The Area Sacra", saw ancient Roman apartments and then climbed the giant monument Vittorio Emanuelle II known as the Wedding Cake monument. Then we headed over to the Capitalini Museum where we spent the morning in the Renaissance wing and after lunch we walked through the ancient section of the museum with a fabulous view of the Roman Forum and the foundation of the ancient temple to Jupiter. Then we walked to the Pantheon, had an iced coffee at Tazza d'Oro, and explored the Pantheon (saw Raphael's tomb). After a nap back at the hotel we walked along the Tiber river to Vatican city and strolled around St. Peter's square. It was raining so we didn't stay long. Then back to Trastevere for dinner at Da Lucia. Finally we ate gelato at Blue Ice in piazza Santa Maria.

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