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Report 1396: Roman Holiday

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2007

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Page 5 of 16: Tuesday September 4 – Colosseum and the Forum

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In the Roman Forum

Over to the café for an espresso at 7:00am, then a walk among the almost-deserted streets of Trastevere, enjoying the cool morning air before walking over to Campo dei Fiori with BW by 8:00am to buy food supplies, including fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese.

After breakfast we walked over to the Colosseum, passing by the remains of the Circus Maximus. Even relatively early in the day there was a long line waiting to buy tickets. Following directions that we had learned on Slow Travel, we bypassed the line on the left, picked up our Roma Passes and were inside the Colosseum in a couple of minutes. We spent the next three hours marveling at the wonders of the Colosseum and walking through the nearby remains of the Roman Forum. We ended up back on top of the Capitoline, at the Campidoglio from where we descended and walked among the back streets looking for a reasonable place for lunch, without success. We made our way back over to the Campo dei Fiori and enjoyed a lunch of pizza and calzones as the market was being dismantled for the day.

Dinner at the apartment from the fresh produce purchased in the morning. Wine was a Verduccio de San Gimigano, purchased partially because we had been to San Gimignano in our Tuscan Rambles tour back in 2004.

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