The laundry has actually dried! Believe it or not our clothes were already dry when we woke up at 7 am this morning due to the very very hot weather here in Rome. And man did we have a sweaty day.
We ate breakfast in the apartment, headed to the bus station around 8 am and took the bus to a stop about a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum.
Today was ancient Rome day. Already, in the area around the bus stop there were ruins in every direction, and we walked past the Roman Forum and the Paletine Hill on our way to the Colosseum. Just before reaching the entrance though a tour guide approached us and actually convinced us to get on a tour starting right that moment. Thereby we skipped the line and walked around the incredible ruins of Colosseum while hearing about its unbelievable history.
Afterward, we wandered around the Colosseum on our own for a bit snapping pictures and trying to imagine how it had once been.
At 11.30 we stood ready at the exit, where another guide met us to take us around the Palestine hill and the Roman Forum, a tour that had been a ”free” extra in buying the Colosseum tour. And the second tour of the day was just as great as the first, although it was ridiculously hot, reaching 30+ degrees Celsius in the shade alone. Here we once again wandered around for a bit on our own marveling at all the ancient ruins (now knowing the history behind them) until 2 pm, when we started to grow hungry.
We walked to the area around Pantheon, passing through Campo de’ Fiori to get to L’Insalata Ricca where we ate lunch.
From there we found our way to Pantheon, where we walked around inside the magnificent building, Googling our way to information about the place.
Then we slowly made our way to the Trastevere area of Rome, on our way visiting Largo di Torre Argentina - a square that has been made into a sanctuary for homeless cats -
and walking through Piazza Farnese - a lovely little square - before crossing Ponte Sisto to the Trastevere area.
Here we made our way through charming little streets - visiting a fascinating little shop with quirky globes, time tellers and much more - to reach Piazza di Santa Maria, where we bought ice cream from gelateria Blue Ice, eating it by the fountain.
We walked around the streets for a while, before walking down past Villa Farnesia and over the bridge close by. Exhausted from a day of sweating in the beaming sun we walked back to the apartment, where we relaxed until dinner. Around 8 pm we made our way down the cozy streets around our apartment to the restaurant Buddy, that had so many vegan options.
We ate a delicious Italian dinner, before heading towards Piazza Navona. Here we watched Michael Jackson risen from the dead perform, before walking further down, past a street musician and sellers, to another smaller street, where we found a bar to and got a drink.
We sat outside with our cocktails talking late into the evening, before heading back to the apartment where we fell asleep, once again having had a wonderful day (although maybe a tad bit too hot).
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