Day 6 — When in Rome

This morning we said goodbye to Positano VIA ferry.

DSC_1523But before we left, we savored one last homemade breakfast from Casa Teresa. We soaked in the last beautiful view from our porch, the INCREDIBLE soft, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate filled croissants, and the freshly squeezed refreshing juice of all tropical colors. And then, with that, we headed back for Rome. I’ll miss Positano. On this trip so far, it was the one place that really felt like a relaxing vacation, rather than always-on-the-go, even despite the overwhelming steps and hiking we did.

But anyways, fast forward through the ferry and the high speed train, and here we are, La Roma. The events for today: The Colosseum, The Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

The Colosseum: Pretty incredible. Especially if you are a history buff. Created about 2000 years ago in the year 70, as an amphitheater for gladiatorial combats and animal fighting. Pretty gruesome, huh? But what was so neat about it, was the architecture. Like how the heck did the Romans build this thing with the lack of technology they had? I mean it’s incredible. The details inside, the remnants of the columns, the design, the stability (after all these years.) It’s incredible to think back to the construction of this huge archaic monster.

The Roman Forum: For centuries, this used to be the center of Roman public life. I mean loads and loads of history and information was is in this plaza of now-ruins but then-magnificent buildings. While walking through this city of Ancient Roman ruins, I could not help but to take my mind back to the days in 7th grade–Mr. Widman’s European History class–and picture what used to be the Roman life around me. It is so interesting to me that all of these ruins are now just kept in place for public tourism. For anyone that loves the history channel–it’s definitely a must-see.

Palatine Hill: In Ancient Rome, this was considered the most desirable neighborhood in the city. It was once the home of emperors and the site of temples, and was at the center of Rome’s most important myth – the legend of Romulus and Remus. Though we only got a few minutes to roam around here before it closed, it was still pretty cool to see. They send out guards to clear the area before close. But of course, Daniel & I tried to run away from the guards, avoid them at all costs, and explore a little longer–unsuccessfully might I add.

We stopped for dinner at Spaghetto L’archetto. It was not too difficult to find a place, as there are so many restaurants with outside seating. You simply have to look at peoples meals and choose a place! Well this place had probably 50-60 different types of spaghetti on the menu, no joke. The selections were so overwhelming! We sat right there, next to the street, while scooters and cars squeezed right by us.

IMG_6098.jpgAfterwards, we grabbed some gelato, because when in Rome, you must. It was as small as my thumb and index finger formed into the shape of an “O”, but nevertheless, delicious.

Next we headed towards our night time activities: The Trevi Fountain and The Spanish Steps. AKA: tourist CENTRAL. Here’s the thing. People were trying to sell us things ALL THE TIME. They relentlessly try to stick flowers in your hands, tie bracelets to your wrists, offer to take pictures of you, sell you scarves and blankets, all so you will pay them. We did get stuck at the subway stop by a gypsy who noticed we were trying to buy tickets on a faulty machine, pulled up our identical information on a machine that worked, then asked for money for helping us in doing so. He was very sly. So Daniel gave him money for that, but I’m telling you, DO not accept any help from people, and keep your bags and items on lockdown from pick-pocketers. Rome is magnificent, the money beggars are not.

And at last, we headed back to our hotelIMG_6116.JPG. But soon enough, Daniel learned that his friend, Shelby Saunders was staying about a block away from us! So we met up with her and got late night pizza and gelato round 2. How crazy to see a fellow Coffman Rock in Rome!

Thanks for reading 🙂

‘Til Tomorrow,

-K

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