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We traveled by train from Venice back to Orvieto to retrieve all of Dani’s stuff from the monastery. From there we took a train into Rome’s central station (Termani). That pretty well shot the day, as you can probably imagine. Bright but not too early the next morning we began our Roman adventure!

Our first stop was the Borghese Museum. Since you have to make reservations (or take your chances, which I don’t recommend), we had a set time to show up, and only two hours to enjoy it. NO PHOTOGRAPHS, thank you very much! Suffice it to say that it is well worth the visit. Click on the link above, and you can see the official photos of some of the works we saw! Here are the only shots I took, of the outside:

Yes, that is a pigeon!

After lunch, we headed to the National Museum of Rome, housing an amazing collection of mosaics, inlaid stonework, and other treasures.

You might think we’d be museumed out after that, but not when every corner you turn takes your breath away, no.

I got the biggest kick out of this scene! People don’t worry too much about the car traffic in some areas :-) This street is not closed to cars, despite what it looks like.

After dinner one of the evenings (I can’t remember which one!), we took a bus ride over to the Trastevere district on the east side of the river. It’s where many large residences, nice apartments, and fine dining can be found. It has a different look and feel from the busy Termini district where we were staying.

Another evening (or maybe it was even the same evening…it stays light so long!), we went to see Trevi Fountain. You couldn’t get anywhere near it because of the throngs of people doing exactly what we were doing! It’s pretty impressive though.

As long as I’m sharing some miscellaneous stuff with you, I’ll throw in this striking image from the church known as St Peter in Chains. It’s an amazing church, full of wonderful artwork, but we couldn’t see most of it because there was a wedding going on at the time! Sometimes we forget that many of these wonderful places we visited are operating churches!

Dani and Mike with Jimi Hendrix’s
patchwork outfit in the back

Typical tourists that we are, we always visit any Hard Rock Cafe in the cities that we vacation in :-) Rome’s Hard Rock is great!

Well, there you have some initial first impressions of Rome. I’m going to cover our trip to the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica, the Catacombs, and the Colosseum in separate posts. So much to see, so little time!

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