The last leg of our journey has begun! We are spending five nights traveling up through Italy, before flying back to Frankfurt for our flight back to Australia. It has all come up so soon!
Once again I will have to apologise for posting a couple of times in quick succession: I intended to post these photos yesterday morning but we had an early start in order to fight the crowds at the Colosseum!
We arrived in Rome about mid afternoon on Sunday, and after checking into our accommodation we decided to hit the sites straight away! Armed with a map and our Lonely Planet guide – there are no Sandemans tours in Italy! – we checked out various landmarks, basilicas and buildings.
Quite a few fountains were still running, which was a nice change from the many that were turned off in other cities for the winter weather. However, Trevi Fountain – the most famous fountain in Rome – was under some serious maintenance, so you could hardly even see it! Thankfully a friend had warned us this would be the case, so we weren’t too bitterly disappointed when we came across it.
Winter seems to be peak time for a lot of maintenance on various landmarks. The basilica atop the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum also had scaffolding on them at varying points. This can be a bit disappointing – particularly when you pay money to go into things such as the Colosseum, and can’t visit all of the exhibit but you have still paid full price. However, I do understand that in order for us to be able to visit such pieces of history, there needs to be a lot of maintenance work done!
We walked into the Pantheon and wandered around for about two minutes before an announcement came over saying it was closing time and we all had to leave. Well, at least we got in there!
Chris and I were both pleasantly surprised with how walkable the city was. Looking at the map and talking to our friend gave us the impression that we would probably have to figure out the metro at some point, but we were easily able to walk everywhere. I love when we can do that in a city!