Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Rome Finale

Alas, the time of making things came to an end. Luckily, we had a few days to see the sites in Rome.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that I had just been there two years ago, so I felt no need to see the standard sites of Colosseum, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel and Vatican, etc. I was free to go for the secondary sites!

Our hotel was perfectly situated, literally minutes by foot from the Colosseum and Roman Forum in one direction and the Trevi fountain in the other, so we did a walk around the first evening after the travel from the villa. We went around sunset, with a full moon rising, so there were some incredible views.

The next day, while the others were doing the standard outings, Carol and I ventured onto the Metro and out to Ostia Antica, the ancient ruins of Rome's port city at the mouth of the Tiber River, some 30km west of Rome. It's somewhat like going to Pompeii. It was a gorgeous spring day, there were people but not huge crowds, and we walked until our feet were sore from all those huge stone cobbles.

On the last day, Carol and I signed up for the English tour at the Galleria Borghese, the incredible early museum of the Borghese collections. Since we were the only two, we got a private tour with a lovely Italian guide who was incredibly passionate about the artwork there. We even got to use the 100 year old elevator that would only hold 3 people, reserved usually for employees and disabled. The sculpture was just magnificent, but again no photographs allowed.

After more wanderings around the city, more gelato (always important), and a few gifts purchased, the trip was done.

Now I can catch up with what's happening at home!