Dolly Travels: Rome

Published Date Author: , September 22nd, 2011

Gay Friendly Rome Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time starting in Switzerland and ending in Italy. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Coliseum - Rome, Italy

Buongiorno, tutti, and Arrivederci, Roma.

We are nearing the end of our 4-week vacation, in fact, we are actually on a train now, headed toward Milano, where we will change trains, and arrive in Zurich this afternoon.

Vittorio Emmanuel monument, RomeWe arrived in Rome Saturday about noon. We got a taxi to our apartment, which is near the Spanish Steps, and it is lovely! We didn’t stay long there, but went directly to Vittorio Emmanuel monument (at left). The kids went up to the top, for a birds-eye view of Rome.

When they came down, we headed to the Coliseum, passing excavations still in progress. This Ancient Rome is so awesome: huge, never-ending, it seems. The kids then went through the Forum, while I wandered around closer to the Piazza Venezia. We met eventually, for refreshments, finally headed toward a ristorante and nourishment!

Trevi Fountain, RomeIt had been a long day, but on our way home we passed Trevi Fountain, and climbed up the Spanish Steps toward home.

On Sunday, I knew I couldn’t keep up with the kids, at the pace they wanted to go, so we went our separate ways, meeting for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, the Abruzzi.

They showed me on the map all the places they had been, and I was impressed! From Borghese Gardens northeast of us to Circus Maximus south of the ancient ruins, to Trastevere, across the Tiber River.

I am happy to see these young people so excited about this ancient, yet modern city. They were determined to see as much of Rome as they could in the short time we had here. I don’t think they left one cobblestone unturned!

That night we were awakened by one of the glorious Italian thunderstorms. I had witnessed these in Florence, but Sunday night’s spectacular show was every bit as powerful. The rain came down in buckets, till the street looked like a river.

PompeiiThank God I was tucked up nicely in my bed, but we were planning to go to Pompei on Monday, so I prayed that the rain would let up. Sure enough, Monday morning, there was just a little drizzle, then it rained some on our way to Napoli, but by the time we got to Pompei, the rain had stopped, so we had nice weather to explore the ruins. (we were truly blessed with good weather. One day of intermittent rain in Castelrotto, and no rain that interfered with our plans.)

Tuesday morning, the kids took off early, to go out to St. Paul Outside the Walls church. We met later at Galleria Borghese, where I got to savor the sculptures of Bernini once again. We did a walking tour back toward the Ancient City, and went to another church, San Giovanni in Laterano. It was beautiful. Eventually we got the Metro back toward our neighborhood.

St. Peter's Basilica, RomeWednesday, we spent most of the day out at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum. The kids, of course, climbed to the top of the Basilica, while I wandered inside the church. We had gotten there early, just before 0800, which was fantastic, as there were very few tourists there, and I could see everything without looking over shoulders.

There are several little chapels within the Basilica, and Mass was being celebrated in several. I walked around, and counted 11 different services going on! That is just incredible, but the Basilica is so enormous and so beautiful. I never get tired of going there.

We rested up a bit that afternoon, then the kids went out to the Ice Bar for a short time in the early evening. I didn’t think I wanted to pay 15 Euro to freeze my butt off, so I stayed home and packed. Later we all went out to dinner again, at a favorite local sidewalk ristorante.

Patrick and Kiri said the Ice Bar was “cool”, in every sense of the word. The had vodka drinks, served in ice glasses. It was too cold to stay long, thank goodness, they said, as the drinks were so cold they couldn’t taste them!

Now we are on the train, passing through the countryside of Umbria, where I see sheep grazing, and people working in the vineyards, cutting grapes to make my favorite beverage, I hope.

As always, it is very difficult for me to say Arrivederci to Italia. I love this country so much. I know I will be back, though. After all, I have rubbed the nose of Porcellini in the Straw Market in Florence, and rubbed the foot of St. Peter in Rome, for good luck!

I trust that you have enjoyed my blog. I have had several favorable comments from my readers.

As you can see, we did do more than drink! We had a marvelous trip, one that none of us will forget, that is for sure, and we still like each other!

So, ciao for now,

Dolly

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