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Finally in Italy

all seasons in one day 84 °F

Heidi and I have finally arrived in Rome! After spending a significant amount of time in security and what seemed like forever in airports, we arrived in busy Rome at about 10 yesterday morning. We tried to check into our hostel, but our room wasn't quite ready. Instead, we snuck into the showers, dropped our bags and decided to see what Rome had to offer. For us, Roman transportation in made up of metros and local buses, both which are incredibly easy to navigate. We were headed to Campo de Fiori but ended up having lunch near the Pantheon instead. We found a cute little restaurant where we could sit outside, share a pizza and have a glass of wine. I think our waiter may have had a little crush on us, because he kept asking up to come back later and when we left he gave us cards to the restaurant, insisting that his number wasn't on there (but he'd be willing to write it down if we wanted). Thanks, Mario!

After lunch, we strolled toward the Pantheon which really took our breath away. There aren't words to describe what this amazing building looks like with the sun streaming in. Even more impressive is how long ago it was built and the detail the covers every inch. Heidi and sponged then decided that our next stop was definitely gelato (or gelati, we're learning Italian so quickly!). Mario had suggested Gioliti and we definitely trust the locals, so we passed up one beautiful gelateria after the next before arriving and deciding on chocolate for me, banana and mint for Hides. Between the wine, the walking and the gelati, Heidi and I were more then ready for a nap. We headed back to our hostel (much more of a hotel, actually) and tucked in for a two hour (not nearly long enough) nap.

For dinner, we decided that we wanted to do our own version of a Roman pub crawl that would hopefully end at the Colosseum (which we have heard is amazing at night and caught a glimpse of on our way to the hostel). We started in Trastevere, which is the wine district. We quickly realized that our “Roman Pub Crawl” would not include many destinations when our wine options were big, bigger and biggest. We settled on “big” white, which turned out to be a sparkling wine, almost like champagne. We sat and enjoyed it (and some delicious bruschetta) outside while (new Mario) tried to charm us into going out dancing with him and his friends tomorrow. Apparently the waiters in Italy really have a thing for us! For our second stop, we decided to ask some locals where to go for dinner. An adorable father and his daughter gave us directions in what sounded like part English, part Italian and a little bit of Spanish. When we couldn't find that place, a nice Italian man named Mario suggested another place. In fact, he even called de Lucia and made reservations for us so we wouldn't have to wait too long when we got there. Mario said that this place was cheap, delicious and very Roman (read: no tourists) and he was right! We filled up on bread, olives, pasta, steak and a little more wine. By the time we finished, we realized that we had probably missed the last bus (since the bus system stops running at midnight) and there was no chance we were catching a metro. About twenty minutes later, long after we had resigned ourselves to walking, bus number 40 (which we had taken earlier and knew would drop us off relatively close to our hostel) pulled up right behind. We hopped on, arrived at our stop and hopped off, then headed back home for a good nights rest (sort of).

So far, Rome is amazing. Everywhere you look there are beautiful old buildings. The culture here is astounding, it really takes your breath away. Most people are more than happy to speak English, which is good because we're not quite fluent in Italian (yet). More often than not, I find myself responding to people in Spanish, and then I feel a little silly.

Now Heidi and I sit, anxiously awaiting Alicia's arrival (the cappuccinos might have something to do with that, too). I am so excited to experience all the Rome (and Italy!) has to offer!

Posted by AnzelcL 06:30 Archived in Italy Tagged backpacking

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You're bringing back so many memories!! If you can ... get up to Tivoli and check out Villa De' Este.

In Rome, there a really great spot near the terminal - it's called "McDonalds" ... you'll thank me later. Actually, our hotel was a block down the road from the terminale - where are you staying?

by Jimmy

OK you two (now three) There is to be no falling for any Italians no matter how much they like you aor how many of them are named Mario.

I'm glad the bus came along when it did, I'm not a fan of you (any of you) wandering around a town you don't know so well (Rome) after midnight. Try to keep that in mind. :)

Have fun, take a lot of pictures and come home safely

by Mel

How come you didn't send this blog to Lanel? Her feelings are probably hurt that I had to send it to her instead.

by Mel

GUAPS! this is the best thing ever. I will be stalking you via this travel blog. I can't wait for more updates. I'm so glad you girls are sponging. I can't wait to hear all of your stories! Laurel - where's your pink fleece?!
love love xo

by Erin

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