We overheard that the trains would be on strike at 9am on the day we wanted to go to Rome, so we woke up early and took the train to Rome at 6am.
When we arrived, we were greeted with a live protest. We’re not sure what they were protesting, but it was the most peaceful–and fun (people were dancing)– protest I’ve ever seen.
Since the protestors were blocking most of the streets, we had to find an alternate route to our hotel. My first impression of Rome was that it was so much nicer than I expected! Beautiful buildings, rooftop gardens and quaint cafe’s lined the streets.
Since we arrived in Rome so early, we decided to take advantage and try and beat the crowds at the tourist destinations. The lady at our hotel gave us a great tip and she told us to buy tickets to see the Colosseum down the street at the Roman Forum to avoid the long lines in the Colosseum.
We were SO happy we followed her advice because the line to get tickets for the Colosseum was INSANE.
The Colesseum was really cool and kind of erie. I couldn’t stop thinking of what it must have been like to be thrown into the arena as a Christian.
Pizza in Rome was different from anywhere we had been so far. You pay for your slice based on weight and they cut off a piece and then fold it over to create a pizza sandwich. It was so good!
The lady at our hotel told us to go see St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon when the lines had died down. As you can see, there is still a line, but it moved pretty fast. We timed it… it took us 45 minutes.
It was really hot that afternoon and I was very happy to have this map to block out the sun.
The Roman Forum
By 5pm we were tired and hungry, so we went to a family run restaurant that the lady at our hotel recommended. We were so sad when we arrived and found out they didn’t open for dinner till 6.
But it was worth the wait because this was one of our favorite meals in Itlay. Bruschetta, homemade pasta, bread and a very entertaining waiter. We sat and talked and ate for hours. It was wonderful.