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Roma Amor

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Before we departed Firenze on Monday, we diverted our cab to Piazza Michelangelo where you can get a panoramic vista of the city

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It was then off to the stazione to jump on the express to Roma.

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After 90 minutes of zipping through the Tuscan countryside we arrived in the Eternal City. After checking in to the Hotel Regno, we had a walk to the nearby Trevi Fountain, where a tired Lucia decided to pull her grumpy face for the required tourist pic.

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She cheered up when I told her about the tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain to ensure that she returned to Rome one day.

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On Tuesday, Rome produced a bit of a showery morning but we still ventured out after breakfast to jump on the open top bus to see the sights.

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We passed the Coliseum which was obviously undergoing some renos

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We then passed into Vatican City where the rain clouds parted to afford us a panoramic view of St Peters Square.

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We plan to return today for a closer look at 'Catholic HQ'. We jumped off the bus to grab some lunch and walk over to the Spanish Steps which even in early spring was crowded with tourists.

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The nearby exclusive shopping strip of Via Condotti was traversed but it was window shopping only on this occasion.

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We did however linger at a nearby street market where the lovely Albanian stall lady took a shine to Lucia and allowed her to pick out a little silver and amber charm

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After returning to the hotel for a rest, we ventured out for dinner in a piazza overlooking the Impressive Pantheon.

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Afterwards we lingered to listen to a busking cellist under the Pantheon dome. The acoustics made for an uplifting performance.

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After the usual visit to the gelateria for dessert, we weaved our way back through the crowded alleyways to rest up for our next day of touring.

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Posted by Melbinman 22:44 Archived in Italy Tagged fountain florence rome trevi

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Rome is such a special place! We only did a turbo tour in 2010, not much more that 5 hours, and are dying to go back again next year. Thanks for re-kindling my interest in the Eternal city.

by TIM

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