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Sep 18, 2018 - Rome

Buonasera from Italy, We arrived safely in Rome and survived the taxi ride from the airport to our hotel! Yesterday evening after meeting our tour guide Catarina and our fellow tour mates, we headed out for a walking tour of the neighbourhood around our hotel. Then we headed across the Tiber River and continued our walking tour through Trastevere. Along the way we had some training on how to be safe on the narrow cobblestone streets...always be on the look out for cars and motorbikes. They come out of nowhere and you always have to be...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Day 4 - Colosseum visit

We all slept pretty well last night. Hopefully we are in the time zone and keep doing so. Today is our visit to the Colosseum and I had the alarm set for 7:00am to make sure we had time for showers and breakfast so we could catch the 8:30 shuttle to the train station. We are also planning to buy our SIM cards so if we have time, we stop at Termini on the way to get them. So much for that plan. We went outside at 8:15 to find quite a few people already waiting for the shuttle so had to wait for the second trip to the train station. We...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Our "Lighthouse" Moments in Rome

We are on the "hop on hop off" bus on dusk. The buses run between 9am and 7:30pm daily. As they have a variety of stops our bus drove straight pass a line of people waiting. When we hear a forlorn cry with hands raised from one of the waiting people " where are you going"? At every opportunity we do try and respond in Italian. We have "grazie" down pat. It is the hello & good evening we sometimes struggle with depending on our fatigue. Debra is a huge fan of a big rock band as well as Johnny Depp (The Tourist). Debra walked up to the...

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Sep 14, 2018 - All Roads Lead to Rome .....Part 2

Wednesday - We leave the Vatican by "taxi" and head to the Villa Borghese. We have a private tour booked for 3pm and we were leaving the Vatican at 2:30. Time to panic! Watches set...Go! The "taxi" driver claims 20 mins. Ok we can do this....but it actually took 10 mins. Phew ! We are making good time. However, this "taxi" driver drops us at the wrong gate with poor instructions. Back to panic & resetting watches. We march down a long path in 30 deg temperature with really no clue as to where our meeting point is. All signs are in Italian....

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Sep 13, 2018 - All Roads Lead to Rome

So this is the latest. We arrived in Rome late Monday afternoon. We eventually located our hotel (Google maps was a little off) Tuesday - we meet a fellow Aust and so the 3 of us do the "hop on hop off" bus around the city. Impressive views of the ancient city but also scary to watch the driving of the locals. Organised chaos. Red lights are just a suggestion to slow down. Pedestrian crossings are a waste of paint. You play dodge em with the cars, buses & vespers. They just come at you. The only time the vehicles drive in a single file - is...

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Aug 22, 2018 - August, 21 & 22

Dear all, Well here we are in Rome. I can't believe that I am here. Other places were not so mystical or seemed unattainable to visit but Rome always seemed unattainable to visit. Anyway to move on. The trip from Venice was through some lovely countryside. We arrived in Rome late in the afternoon but as they are in the height of summer we were able to go for a walk around Rome. We visited Trevi fountain, the Panethon, which is quiet beautiful inside. It is amazing that the columns are still standing and stable. The dome was truly...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 31, 2018 - Rome

Wow wow wow!!! We arrived in Rome on the 27th and I think we have walked every inch of it!! This city leaves me with complete goosebumps.. to think so much is over 2000 years old, where do I start, I nearly cried when I saw The Fontana di Trevi, it’s massive scale is breathtaking, the streets, the bustle, the food the wine OMG and then there’s the colosseum.. it totally freaked me out seeing the lower levels and standing on the arena floor area thinking of what happened there!! We spent 4hours walking around there including the Roman forum...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jul 26, 2018 - Day 12 Last night in Italy

We are back in Rome where we started. It has been a whirlwind of a trip. We definately got a great overview of what Italy and all its different regions have to offer. We went to some spectacular places, eat some incredible food and made some new friends. I am so glad I had this opportunity to make this trip. We went to our farewell dinner at a really nice restaurant. It was near part of the old roman wall that at one time surrounded the city of Rome. Finally got some pictures. Hopping on the plane tomorrow morning. Be home soon. Ciao for now.

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Jul 26, 2018 - Day 12 Heading back to Rome

The last full day of our trip and we are heading back to Rome. First stop along the way was the American Cemetary outside Florence for American soldiers who lost their lives during WWII. Then, we went to San Gimignano. This town is one of the best preserved walled medival cities. The town is on top of a hill so there were beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside.

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Jul 17, 2018 - Day 2 Exploring Rome

After a rest at the hotel, the group went for a walk through old Rome. Our first stop was Trevi Fountain. Yes, I did throw a coin in the fountain. We travelled down some of the narrow streets of old Rome. We ended our walk in a beautiful piazza (town square) where had a delicious 7 course meal. The food here has been fantastic.

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Jul 16, 2018 - Day 2 The Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of a few Roman temple that are still intact. It was a temple honoring the Roman goddesses. The reason why it is still intact is because the Vatican converted into a church. They removed all the pagan symbols and statutes and replaced them with church symbols. The Pantheon has an unusual feature called the occulus. It is a hole in the ceiling which is the source of light for the temple.

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Jul 16, 2018 - Day 2 Coloseum

After a quick lunch, we went to the Coloseum. The Coloseum is 2000 years old. They are doing a lot of renovations to the site. But, it is amazing how much of the original arena is still standing. There is one of the original arches outside the Coloseum. The picture of enterance 53 shows an original part of the arena. You can still see the roman numeral LIII (53) over the archway. I climbed the stairs to the second level. I kept touching the wall as I walked completely the arena and thinking about all the people who had done the same for the...

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