In true Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn style, we are going all black and white.
Rome was beautiful in color, but there is something about looking at these old ruins and stunning monuments in black and white that just makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Our Roman itinerary was equally full for a mere 3 days in town. We stared with an evening walking tour, where we saw Trajan’s Column, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The next day, we tackled the Vatican and Vatican Museums. The following day we spent exploring the ruins of the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum. A massive thunderstorm with accompanying downpours hit while we were exploring, so we got to take refuge under ancient archways and tunnels while we watched. Truly some of the loudest thunder I have ever heard and it was very cool to be standing in the center of ancient Rome at the time -no wonder they thought the gods were always upset with them! After a break at the hotel, we went to my favorite gallery of all time, the Borghese, to view some baroque masterpieces. They also had a stunning fashion couture collection on display, which looked stunning next to the sculptures. We finished up our evening with dinner at a spot in the old Jewish corridor that came highly recommended by some local Romans. We were not disappointed.
The next day, Gabby left early for her flight but I had all day to wander through the city and look at whatever we had missed. I walked to the Spanish Steps, passed many-a well known fountain and building, to Piazza del Popolo, and then up and through a fabulous park, where I had a late lunch before heading back to start my journey home via the Ponte Sant’ Angelo.
One thing I should mention: I would never ever again visit Italy in August. In the past, I have only ever been in the spring and the weather has always been lovely. In August, that was most certainly not the case. Maybe Finland is getting the better of me, but I literally could not breathe, I sweated through my clothes everyday, and sleeping was just short of miserable, even with an ac unit. Go for the late spring or early fall, my friends -then you miss the crowds and unbearable weather.