In 20,000 Steps or Less
Over 6 hours of walking during our first full day (Tuesday) in Rome, and we have not begun to see but just a small part of this ancient city. The people are wonderful and the sights are truly amazing. We use a walking guide I found online and had a great time just being absorbed in the historic significance of the places, sights, and smells of Italy. Everywhere you turn is a mix of the modern and the ancient. Such a city of historical importance, it leaves you awestruck.
Walked our socks off and saw the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, many piazzas, churches, and lots and lots of people. It was Liberation Day, so it was a national holiday. Families were out and about along with all the tourists. There were bands and displays and all kinds of excitement everywhere you turned. What surprised us was the massive police presence at every turn. We are unsure if that is due to the attack in Paris, Liberation Day, or just the norm. They were armed with rifles and very attentive to the crowds, and emphatic they not be caught in a photo by tourists passing through. Every piazza, street and especially the more popular sights were filled with police cars, officers, and even armored vehicles. We were not witness to any incidents which was wonderful.
We had lunch at a small out of the way cafe on a side street. The waiters were charming. We were surrounded by Italians enjoying a bite same as we were. The people are friendly and open. Our day ended with a wonderful dinner at a small out of the way restaurant that served the best Osso Bucco ever. Our waitress was delightful and helpful, leading us to savor each aspect of our meal. Mealtime is such a relaxing event in Italy.
I posted a few photos last night, but it got to be midnight here before I finished. I think I am still working on getting my body clock set to Italy. I slept 6 hours straight through though, so I am energized for a new and exciting adventure today.
Today, Wednesday here, we will tour the Vatican. I am prepared to be in awe and overwhelmed by its beauty, history, art, and architecture. We will enjoy a private tour guide who I'm hoping will share us with a wealth of knowledge.
Ciao for now.