Happy Saturday! Hope you’re having a good weekend so far! To be honest, as I write this on Friday afternoon in our break between sightseeing and dinner…I have no idea what our plan is for Saturday – guess we’ll know soon!
But on Friday – we had an awesome guided van tour that Amy’s husband, Lance, arranged for us! Massimo met us in a nice (air conditioned!!) van at 8 at the hotel and we hit the road.
As we experienced “Rome” driving – which is….like nothing I’ve ever seen! – we wound our way around the city and listened to Massimo speak of a city that he obviously loves. And he knows so much of its history – it was really interesting. We learned a lot while having a great time. Which is sort of…AWESOME!
So – we stopped first at the Colosseum where we met Jason (another highly experienced tour guide). We spent a couple of hours walking around the Colosseum and learning some really cool things. Guys – the architecture is simply stunning. The engineering firsts that they accomplished here so many many years ago – and the architectural elements – have stood the test of time and were used as “templates” for a plethora of other buildings far away (in space AND time) from its building. Take a gander!
Not going to lie – this was a fascinating place to see – but…I am glad I wasn’t around in its heyday – I would not have liked it at all.
It was interesting to hear that after the fall of the Roman empire, the structure was essentially abandoned. And, as times were hard for the poeple, they actually used it for their own purposes – building houses and fortified structures – using it as a foundation – thru the years! You can see large holes in the walls where beams were placed to create walls or parts were removed and repurposed.
One such place remains…
We also swung by the Forum for a quick look.
Next we saw a short section of the original Appian Way…pretty darned rough looking, but we were assured it was smooth and driveable back “in the day”!…
…and then we hit the Catacombs of St Callixtus. In addition to being a welcome respite from the heat – the catacombs are at a constant 58F! – our tour there was led by a young Priest – and it was…really pretty powerful. Especially the story of St. Cecilia – who is the Patron Saint of Music. She was a martyr and…well. Look it up. We weren’t allowed to take any pictures in the catacombs – but…here’s a picture I found online (from Dickstrack of English Wikipedia) of the statue that lays in her spot. They commissioned that after finding her in that exact position in her crypt – check out her fingers (that was a code back in the days when Christians had to be a secret society to avoid Persecution). Not sure why – but her story really sort of hit me!
Anywho…after lunch (BEST pizza I’ve ever tasted!) – we went to the St Paul’s Basilica outside the wall of the old city. Wow!
We made one last stop for a scenic overlook of the city…
…and it was time for the end of the tour! Bye-bye, Massimo! We had a wonderful time!
We finished the morning activities with another round of gelato – yes. It’s true. This time was dark chocolate and strawberry. OMG!
We learned something else from Massimo – take the food to go. Otherwise – they add about $3 to the price to sit down! So we did – go, not sit down – which means…no pictures! 🙁
And then we returned to our rooms to rest up until dinner. Lance found us a great little spot on Trip Advisor – we had a great meal and another fun time together!
LOL! Rome – as seen between feasting sessions!! 🙂
Oh well. It’s vacation and I’m sure there are no calories. Also – we’re doing a lot of walking – and stairs on this day! – and it’s hot. So…I’m burning them.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉
See y’all tomorrow!
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