FUN-travel: Rome, Italy – 2 days

August 9, 2012 by  

Trip Day 25 – Friday, August 3 – Rome, Italy

Piazza Venezia


Spanish Steps

  • another couple shares taxi
  • no traffic – everyone’s on vacation
  • get to Rome in one hour – to hotel by 11 am
  • really, really cute boutique – Hotel Lord Byron @ edge of Borghese Park
  • take really long walk to hop on, hop off bus
  • on the way see Piazza del Popolo for  first time
  • 2:00 stop for gelato & cappuccino
  • best coffee in the world is in Italy
  • 3:00 get on hop on bus

Photo Ops include:
Spanish steps
Trevi Fountain – it is the cleanest we’ve ever seen
Piazza Venezia
the Coloseum
Circo Massimo

  • 6:00 stop Piazza Navona for serious people watching
  • filled with artists & musicians
  • dinner @ Tre Scalini starts with nice cold beer, then really thin crust pizza, buffalo mozzarella caprese salad, Barolo wine
  • taxi takes us home for only $10 Euro

Trevi Fountain


  • taxi to Rome costs $150 Euro (so we’re told by ship)
  • have to wait for a taxi
  • price is $230 Euro – OUCH!
  • then jumps to $280 when we share!

    Piazza Navona

  • no air conditioning and it’s over 80 degrees already
  • $12 Euro surcharge to eat gelato @ outside table – 2 gelati + 2 cappuccinos + water = total bill of $22 Euro
  • temp jumps to 100

FF (FUN-fact) – We made it to our 5th New 7 Wonders of the World! We’d both been there in the 90’s – but not together – so it didn’t count.

Not so FF – Beware of scams! Walking in Rome on major road with map in hand a car stopped us for directions. Turns out it was the president of Armani Milano. He was so happy that I could help him and because I was so nice he wanted to give me a purse from his fall collection that was worth $1600. Imagine that! Then he told me he only wanted some gas money. My husband was onto him before me and told me when he drove off, “I knew he was a fake because he wasn’t wearing an Armani tie.”