ROME: Everything Looks So Italian...Giorno 1
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THE NEED TO ROAM...
So....it’s the end of June, and I haven’t been on a plane since November 2014 *GASP*
I’m getting antsy, I need to get on a plane. To somewhere. Anywhere. You know, to keep me sane and all. So thanks to my perks of being an employee in the travel industry, standby is calling to me, no - standby is YELLING at me to take advantage of this awesome perk.
Seems there’s seats to FCO (Rome), MRS (Marseille), BCN (Barcelona) and CDG (Paris) all leaving on the same night. Choosing is tough…..I’ve been to both Rome and Paris so many times that I know my way around both cities pretty darn good. Never been to Marseille, but don’t know if I’m in the mood for exploring someplace new. Barcelona I’ve been to once……for a day….on a Sunday….while everyone was siesta-ing it seems…..So I decide on Rome and decide to bring the kiddies along to show them one of my fave European cities. “Ok girls, fit everything you need in a backpack for 4 days.”
ARRIVING AT FCO
We arrive at Fuimicino airport (officially changed names to Leonardo Da Vinci airport years back, but not a soul observes the new name), and head to the train area to take the Leonardo Express to Termini - which btw is the easiest and quickest way into the city at a cost of 14 euro each way per person (kids 4-12 are free). Though a lot of people seem confused at the airport, you just follow the yellow sign with the picture of a train on it......so not really sure how people could get confused about that. Anyway, you buy your tickets at one of the stands or the electronic kiosk and off you go.
From Termini we’re able to walk to our hotel on Via Nazionale, Hotel Esposizione, which takes about 15 minutes. On the walk over we pass Piazza della Repubblica and the girls yell out “Hey, that’s from Lizzie McGuire!!! Omg, that’s where they drove around on the scooter!” (some of you will understand this). Never mind that the square is surrounded by monumental buildings like the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church and in the centre of the square is the beautiful Fountain of the Naiads.....It’s the Lizzie McGuire movie that’s their reference for all things in Rome.
We drop off the bags, and we’re off to see the sites. Turns out this hotel is amazingly located – walk 15 minutes one way and you’re at the Colosseum, 15 minutes another way and you’re at Fontana di Trevi. If you’re really lazy, like my kids, the closest metro is a 6-minute walk away - Repubblica (line A).
What we see when we walk out of our hotel - Palazzo delle Esposizioni on Via Nazionale
Vicolo dei Serpenti
Loving the old doors
Looking down Via dei Serpenti
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE.......
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
FONTANA DI TREVI
PIAZZA DELLA ROTUNDA - THE PANTHEON
This child, doing her "scorpian" in front of the Colosseum
Spanish Steps - the best place to people watch
Nothing like sitting on the Spanish Steps and just watch.....like these two....I'm sure saying again that "Everything looks so Italian..."
Selfie at the Spanish Steps - sans those selfie sticks that they're pushing to sell you everywhere
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Spagna - Colonna dell'Immacolata (Column of the immaculate conception)
Roasted chestnuts by the Spanish Steps
Trattoria Sant'Andrea on Via di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Makes for a great pic, but not sure I'd take a seat here
However, this place I'd take a seat......and perhaps a 1/2 litre of wine
Fontana di Trevi under major rehab
Life in Rome - Piazza di Pietra
Salotto 42 in Piazza di Pietra
Some headless dude in n Piazza di Pietra
I'd love to be here right now!
The Pantheon - Piazza della Rotunda
Love this dude that was singing Elvis songs everyday - Piazza della Rotunda
The children, snapping some shots inside The Pantheon
Why can't the streets at home look this pretty?
More beautiful old buildings
In search of a place to eat.....decisions, decisions!
YOU'VE GOTTA EAT AT......
CANTINA E CUCINA
The bar at Cantina e Cucinca
The girls, patiently waiting for their first taste of pizza in Italy
There it is!
This is making me hungry.....
Future pro soccer players
Good night Roma, see you again tomorrow!
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