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Report 1247: A Not-So-Slow First Trip to Italy and Budapest

By andasamo from Nova Scotia, Canada, Spring 2006

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Page 6 of 14: Our Time in Rome Comes to an End ...

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Our beloved Colosseum at night

We went to the hotel to freshen up, then went for supper at a lovely spot called Hostaria Isodori on Via di San Giovanni in Laterano. I had egg and spinach pasta with mushrooms and peas, which was delicious, and wine, of course. We ended the evening with our “usual” stroll around the Colosseum (with its arches beautifully lit up at night.)

We come to our last day in Rome. We had made reservations for the Borghese Gallery in the morning, and managed to get a bit lost in the gardens before we found the actual museum. However, we considered ourselves quite fortunate to be lost for only 20 minutes or so after we encountered a couple who said they’d been wandering for over an hour trying to find the Gallery! The highlight for me was Bernini’s statue of Pluto carrying Persephone off to the Underworld. Powerful and dynamic. I circled round a few times, finding something new each time. The way Pluto’s fingers press into Persephone’s flesh, and the look of mad glee on his face (at least that was my impression from a certain angle) gave me goosebumps of horror.

After the Borghese, we had lunch then took the bus out to the Appian Way. We thought we’d walk for a while then catch the hop on, hop off bus. The bus, however, had other plans and just cruised on past us fools standing in the rain at the bus stop. Oh well, I’ll see the catacombs and the aqueducts on my next trip to Rome! I have set foot on the ancient Appian Way and that’s enough for now.

For our last meal in Rome, we decided it would be fitting to return to Trattoria Luzzi, where we ate our first meal in Rome. This time we sat outside under the braziers, lit to warm the chill March air. We had a litre of wine, a litre of sparkling water, and three pizzas (mine was chicory and garlic, yum) for less than €25 in total (including a large tip). On our after supper stroll, we stumbled upon the estate of Nero's Golden House and enjoyed a quiet tour of the darkened grounds, winding our way back down to the hotel.

L had to fly home early the next morning; Mom and I continued on our travels, though sad to see her go.

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