We travelled from Milan to Rome via Italo Rail yesterday. The journey is around 600km and took us 3 1/2 hours. The ride was very comfortable as the train reached speeds of 300km / hr, the countryside tends to slip past the window pretty quickly!
On arrival we grabbed a cab to our B&B, the Rome Armony Suites and were greeted by Luca a gentleman in his early 50’s, very passionate about his city and proving to be a good host and who’s dream believe it or not is to retire to Raby Bay in Qld! We are a short walk from the Vatican and many of the wonderful sites here. Last night we took a stroll around nearby streets, stopping in shops, checking out the local scene and generally wandering till we got lost……well not lost, just not where we thought we were going. We sat and rested our feet in a small cafe where I consumed a large beer and Fi had a Prosecco before we went to dinner. Luca recommended a restaurant, Ristorante Ponte Vittorio, where the signature dish is Bucatini, so that is where we went. Dinner was great, the bucatini was awesome, I wore a bib….Fi had a nice piece of veal the house Chianti was very good!
Today we explored Ancient Rome, found our way by the Metro easily and spent most of the day somewhat awestruck by the sights. We wandered the ruins of Palatine hill which overlooks the Forum and was the home of the Emperors of Rome, also great views to the Colosseum. After lunch we explored the Colosseum, an incredible structure especially when you realise it’s been standing for over 2,000 years. We wandered back thru the city stopping often to check out what was down side streets and lane ways along the way.