Italy (Days 64-65)
Day 64 (10/3/2010):
We are officially in Rome. It’s the capital of Italy, a cultural city, and of course a city filled with so many rude tourists, it makes me want to throw up.
After arriving at our host, Simone’s apartment, we did a walking tour of the city. We walked aimlessly through the beautiful alleyways which were surrounded ornate marble sculptures and reliefs until we reached the Palazzo del Quirinale. As we did not have a map at this time, we did not realize the Trevi Fountain was right behind this palazzo. Instead, we walked south towards the Colosseum. On our way, we saw Trajan’s Column and the spectacular Museo del Risorgimente. From here, we had an amazing view of the Colosseum and headed towards it catching the Roman Forum on the way.
We met up with our host and went out to eat at an amazing steak place. Although, the steak here was good, little did we know that there was going to be a bigger and better steak coming around in less than a day.
Day 65 (10/4/2010):
The next day, we woke up early to take a easy 90 minute trip to Florence, the city of Renaissance.
The first thing we did (you guys should be able to guess by now), is ate. We went to Trattoria Mario (CA$H only, although very reasonable prices), a small family run restaurant. We shared a table with 2 other Italian folks. We had really good pasta and the best of all an 800 gram (1 and ¾ pound) Florentine steak, which is a thick sirloin steak. After having our stomach full, we headed out on our usual walking tour of the city.
Our first stop was the Duomo, unfortunately due to the massive amount of people and the rain, we did not stop to go up the magnificient cathedral. We took a quick walk to the Uffizi. Although, we did not go into the museum, we walked thorugh the walkway of statues of Renaissance men such as Machiavelli, Leonardo, and Vespucci.
We walked across a beautiful bridge and went to the Santa Maria del Carmen.
At this point, the idea of going to Pisa came up. I guess we had to go check the famous ‘leaning tower.’ We took a 75 minute ride to Pisa and did a brisk walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And yes, we did take pictures of us holding the tower up, and no, we did not get on the tower due to the lack of time.
Random Comment from the host’s cousin on why she doesn’t eat sweets:
One minute on my lips, ten years on my hips.