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Rome Day 1

On lobby computer and do not know when, or if, they will kick me off. So highlights and remember, different keyboard so forgive any typos.

Flight - uneventful. I slept from dinner until breakfast (thank you Simply Sleep). Chris did not.

Got to hotel about 930 but room not ready. Headed over to Piazza della Rotunda for our first cappucini and cornetti con crema. Paid 12e but sat on the piazza. Chris got fidgety so we headed to pantheon. still cool. Then to see if our favorite wine bar, Nicks, was still there. It is not. Then got some charms for Sammi and Becky (which it turns out they may already own). Then to AS Roma store and then to the Ara Pacis. Both a bit bleery-eyed by then and we did not stay too long - wonder what we missed.

Headed to pasquales for lunch ... mmm... then our first gelato (I think grom in nyc was better) back to hotel. Chris fell asleep mistakenly, for about 15 minutes, then we hit the road again, up to the Borghese for our 3 oclock reserveration. Got lost in park but eventually found map at zoo and made it to museum at 2:50 to get our tickets and get in. Such a great museum - love Berninis David, Chris loved the Rape of Persephone (had to tell him the story behind it).

Later, found a new wine bar to hang, also enjoyed a drink (actually a water for me) on the Cesaris roof-top deck. Very nice.

Then off to dinner, where we got ripped off by cab (more later) but enjoyed another good meal at Checchino dal 1887 (I think that is the year). Got another Buon Riccordo plate - yeah.

Returned back to piazza della rotunda, had one more gelato - pistachi and bacio for me, fiore de latte for Chris - got it at Nice Ice near Hotel Pantheon. More expensive e3 each but darn good. Then returned to Cesari and collapsed into bed.

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It sounds like a great (and full) first day. I am in awe at the stamina. Isn't it incredible to wake up in Rome?

Yikes, Kim! You guys were busy! Sounds like a very good first day ... I love the Borghese! Bernini's Apollo and Daphne is my second favorite sculpture after M's David. Incredible!
And then you got a Buon Ricordo plate at dinner! Now I'm really jealous. ;)
Take care of yourself -
Colleen

sandrac:

Holy moly, that is an action-packed first day -- I am deeply envious (even of the cabbie rip-off, a classic Rome experience.)

And the new wine bar intrigues, I can't wait to hear more.

nancyhol:

Wow! You were busy on your first day!

So, what did you think of the Ara Pacis? We were there right after they reopened a couple of years ago. I had heard, though, how controversial the building is and that it might close.

Have a great trip!

Amy:

Ahh. Enjoy!

...more about the views from the hotel~ Fabulous?!?

Glad you are there, soak it in!

Becky:

Wow you guys had a busy first day! Enjoy a cinnamon (or something of the like) gelato for me! Have fun!

You did well for your first day. I love the Borghese also and it is so easy to get lost in that park. We went by subway and was totally turned around. Looking forward to hearing more.

You sure had a whirlwind first day in Italy! Sounds like you are having a fabulous time!! Enjoy!!

Brenda:

How nice to hear you are enjoying yourselves! Doing a little shopping, eating a little gelato, seeing a little bit of sculpture...YAY!
Thanks for taking the time to post about your day, it's a pleasure to hear you arrived and everything's going ok!
Take good care, Kim,
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

Brenda:

How nice to hear you are enjoying yourselves! Doing a little shopping, eating a little gelato, seeing a little bit of sculpture...YAY!
Thanks for taking the time to post about your day, it's a pleasure to hear you arrived and everything's going ok!
Take good care, Kim,
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

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