We arrived at the train station quickly and discovered that our journey to Rome would be on a high speed train with a maximum velocity of 250 kph (Right up Dan and Eddies streets). The journey seemed to pass by very quickly as we sped through the Italian countryside. We arrived in Rome at around 4pm.
We decided to quickly ditch our bags and to set off to see if we could find a restaurant as good as the previous night in Venice. Unfortunately we were somewhat underwhelmed by the price and quality of the food, but the sightseeing that came next well and truly made up for it. First was the Trevi Fountain, a magnificant fountain designed in the mid 18th century which was originally supplied by one of Romes first aquaducts. Dan took great pleasure in doing the customary coin throw over his shoulder to guarantee him safe passage back to Rome. Unfortuantely he did not throw a second coin, so his wish is invalid (although he did save a euro in doing so - apparently the fountain takes in 3000 euros per day).
After this we headed to the best preserved building of ancient Rome, the Pantheon. Words connot describe how impressive this magnificant building is. We then took a stroll through the beautiful Piazza Nuvano and then headed south. Next was the Largo di Torre Argentina, where Julius Caesar was assassinated. By this stage we were getting a little tired, but decided that it would be a good idea to see the Roman Forum and Colosseum by night.
Before we reached the Forum we entered the Piazza Venezia, headed up by the simply stunning Vittorio building. The warm evening air and street lighting added to the atmosphere as we stood in awe. We finished off out sightseeing for the evening by walking past the Roman Forum and around the circumference of the Coloseum. By this stage flabbergasted by how much we had seen we needed a couple of ales to calm us down (We were pretty excited for what was to come over the next couple of days!). We found a nice back street bar with friendly waiters. Eddie had white wine, Ben had beer and Dan had a strawberry Daiquiri) most of which he spilt over the lovely table cloth).