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Gladiators and Spaghetti - Roma

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This year's trip is a little less out there than the last few (China, India, SE Asia) but since one of us is in less than optimal physical condition (5 months pregnant...I guess you've figured out it's not George) we decided to revisit Italy for our babymoon. This time going to different regions we've never been before, aside from Rome which is one of my favourite cities I always said I'd come back to.

Rome was our first stop and where we spent a wonderful and tiring 3.5 days. We stayed steps away from Piazza Navona and it was the perfect location. Although we were tired the day we got there, we walked around the square a bit and also saw the Pantheon, which is where the tomb of famous artist Raphael lies. We started off our first full day with a bang at the Colosseum, which was just as grand as the first time we saw it. What was different however was the constant breaks I needed to sit down...how annoying! We took a guided tour and I imagined George as a Gladiator (is that betraying his Spartan roots?). We also toured the ruins, which were amazing and ended up back at our hotel for a 2 hour nap. That night after a great dinner served to us by a waiter who sounded like music when he spoke, we sat at the Trevi Fountain, the most famous fountain in the world. We threw coins in, which are supposed to solidify your next visit to Rome but we threw them wrong. Not to worry, we passed by the fountain many times after that and made sure our mistake was corrected.

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Gladiators for a day

The next day we toured the city and went to Piazza del Popolo (square of the people) and the Spanish Steps, which we sat on for a while. We walked around and just enjoyed the city before coming out again for dinner later on. One thing is for sure, the amount of tourists was astounding! And the buildings are beautiful, like the city is one big fake movie set.

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From one of our many visits to the Trevi

Our last day in Rome was spent at the Vatican, where we were filtered in with the hoards of people through the pathway towards the Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo). Once we finally got there, I got scolded by an Italian guard for taking pictures, which you're not supposed to do. Luckily, he only made us delete two of the 5 or 6 I took because George managed to trick him into thinking we deleted them all. Next time, as George kept pointing out, I'll need to be more discrete!

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Janet didn't get scolded for this picture

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Supposedly the original tartufo

Today we said goodbye to Rome and picked up our rental car. It was a rough start as our GPS was slow to configure itself and took us on a big circle to right where we started. We then drove all the way across the city (quite hair-raising if you ask me, but apparently George thought it was a breeze) to get onto the highway. After some wrong turns, and some stalling, we finally got on the highway and headed to Montepulciano, a small Tuscan town on a hill. Let's just say the first part of that drive was not the most enjoyable thing in the world. However, we made it out of Rome and into Tuscany, which is much more relaxed and serene. We're looking forward to it

Posted by jgjourney 08:22 Archived in Italy

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It already looks like your dining experience is going to be much better than China's!

by Rachel

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