The Rome Marathon was on this morning and the town was on shut down for the morning, so it was off to Ostia Antica on the Mediterranean coast to see the excavations of Ancient Ostia and see how the ancient Romans lived. Remains of baths, theatres, houses, drinking rooms with mosaic floors have been excavated.
The city is mirrored with Umbrella Pines and Cypress Trees.
Back into Rome and back to the Vatican to see the Pope and to hear his blessing, quite an amazing experience whether you are religious or not.
Then to the colosseum, and impressive does not even begin to describe the monument we were standing in. After watching Gladiators and Spartacus , it was easy to imagine the noise and crowd in this stadium.
To the Trevi Fountain, a monumental baroque fountain depicting Neptune, the god of the sea. I loved it, it was so beautiful filled with excited people all making wishes by throwing coins in the fountain. Ziggy our guide said you must throw the coins into the fountain by standing with your back to the fountain, holding the coins in your right hand and throwing them over your left shoulder. You throw 3 coins, one to wish on, one to return to Rome and the third for a no divorce marriage.
We left the group there and headed for the Spanish steps which were packed and lucky for us we started at the top and walked down. We ventured into he streets of Rome and had early dinner in a cafe and lived like the locals.