day 19 (9/20)
we woke up at 5 something in the morning to catch the 6:30 bus to Rome, which is about 2 hours away by bus. we jumped off the bus and bought a super 4 Euro ticket for riding all public transportation for a day — great bargain. we took a bus to the Piazza del Campidoglia. this is a beautiful area and left us with a short walk to the Roman Colosseum and ruins along the way. we found a line of about an hour to get into the Colosseum already, so we purchased tickets for a guided tour in English. this was just a few dollars more than the cost of admission and we got to skip the line and go right in with the tour. cool. the tour also filled us in with lots of facts and history of the Colosseum so it was well worth it. and, when it was finished we were allowed to stay in the Colosseum as long as we wanted to take all sorts of photos, etc. we then headed over to the Arch of Constantine and decided to find some lunch. this took some time and a lot of walking, but it was a beautiful day and we did finally realized success at a nice sidewalk cafe.
after lunch we found a bus to the Pantheon. whew. we jumped on . . . little did we realize, but the bus went about 1 block and we were at our stop. i am serious — it was 1 little block. heh. ah well, we jumped off to a few odd stares and we were soon staring at the Pantheon, which is the oldest building in Rome dating back in the B.C. days. Paula and i grabbed a coffee at the Caffe Sant’ Eustachio as they have the best coffee in Europe because of the spring water they exclusively use. mmmmm.
we then walked over to the Piazza Navona and had some other things on our agenda, but i decided i’d rather see the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. we figured out buses to the Vatican and decided to first head to Saint Peter’s Square and then into Saint Peter’s Basilica. beautiful place. to get to the Sistine Chapel, there was about a 10 minute walk. we arrived to find that it had closed just a few minutes before we arrived. DOH! so we explored around a bit and decided to take the metro subway to Piazza della Repubblica. from there we walked to the Piazza dei Cinquecento — the train station. we asked around and figured out where to catch our bus back to Perugia so we jumped on a different subway and found the bus station and we were able to get one of the last seats on the last bus back to Perugia. whew! what a long day it was, but it was exciting to see Rome and the various sites. if all roads lead to Rome then this isn’t a bad place to end up — well worth it.
The photos from Rome are available here (well, some are uploaded, but this internet cafe isn’t working well for uploads so i may have to wait for better connection in the days ahead — there should be 12 from Rome).