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Report 1930: Three Old Ladies in Rome
By Mimi052347 from Florida, Spring 2011
Trip Description: My friend's first trip to Italy. We had already spent a lot of time on the Amalfi Coast before arriving in Rome. Destinations
Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Rome
Categories: Vacation Rentals; Attended GTG; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people
Page 1 of 1: So Much to See, But Slow Going!
Train from Salerno seemed longer this time. I guess thatís because we did not want to leave the Amalfi Coast, but onwards to Rome. Alice and Janette had never been to Rome, so I had a good time showing them around. I booked a tour with Tony Da Roma from Three Millennia. I choose the evening one, I thought it would be cooler and the lights make everything glow at night. Wonderful tours. We really enjoyed it all. I was not able to get the girls to do a cooking class, but Tony the next time I come, I will take the class.
We did run into some scammers at the train station, as we looked for cabs, but thanks to SlowTrav, I knew better. We found a great taxi, and he was very helpful.
Upon our arrival, we were stunned when we pulled up in front of the address of where we would stay. There was so much writing on the buildings, everywhere. But as we entered our building, we were very pleased with the security, and we had an elevator to take us to the sixth floor, very nice. Shocked at the size of the apartment it was so much larger than I had thought and the beauty of it! Great views, everything was perfect.
We unpacked and headed out to get a bite and some food for in the morning. There was an open market just around the corner, and we stumbled upon the perfect place for our espressos.
We were only steps away from the main square, Piazza del Popolo. There was a festival going on, so many people. Three roads (aka via) branched out from the square, all of which would in days to come take us to whatever we wanted to see.
We found what I would call a little hole in the wall, but it had great pizza and wine. We all were tired so we stopped and picked up a few things for eat for breakfast.
In the morning, lots of coffee on the terrace, no rush as we were going to go slow and see a couple of places each day. The Trevi Fountain was their first choice. So we walked to see it, what a crowd, and the season has not even kicked in. Lots of pictures. Alice had fallen in love with Positano and Praiano, so I know her wish was to return soon, as was mine. Janette was still over whelmed by all of Italy. I went slow, knowing that we would see everything on the evening tour we had booked.
I put off my trip report because I never wrote down the names of the churches we went to nor the restaurants. We just enjoyed everything. I did note that a lot of places have frozen food, not fresh. So we always looked at the menu and avoided the frozen food ones. I did do a review on Ulisse, at Via Giuseppe Ferrari, Piazza Mazzini, in a residential area. Fabulous!!! Because it stood out so much, and was the best food we had there.
I think because we had been on the coast and relaxed, we did not rush. I enjoyed it so much more than I had before. So going slow and not trying to rush to everything makes so much sense. Tony's tours are wonderful. Everything does look better at night. The Spanish steps are beautiful. Even several good looking policemen, which we took pictures with! I cannot wait to take the cooking class next time.
Tony was also kind enough to join us for our small GTG on Wednesday. Susan (Panda) and her beautiful daughter joined Alice, Janette, Tony and I for a little wine and nibbles. They were so interesting; we all enjoyed chatting. Great ladies. Tony was also very interesting and charming. I was a little disappointed that the others did not come, but I did have a lot of trouble with my cell and it was impossible to reach me, except on the computer by e mail. I could not have asked for a nicer afternoon, lovely conversation, and such interesting people.
I took Alice and Janette to every major site in Rome and walked everywhere. We ate, drank lots of wine, and got rained on a few times. But all in all we had a lovely time. The apartment was a heaven after long walks, to relax and reflect upon our days and evenings. It was much better when we walked after dinner to a few sites, a lot cooler. We were never afraid and we did stay out very late, walking the city.
Finally, Alice and Janette were leaving. I sure hated to see them go. I stayed a few more days then headed home. What did we all agree that we loved most? The Amalfi Coast. We are already planning a much longer stay in two years. It usually takes that long to save up and make plans. We are planning on going to the Amalfi Coast for a month, then up north along the coast maybe even to France. We sure do love Italy.
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