When in Rome....do as the Romans do, which is? Eat gelato - check. Eat pizza - check. Eat pasta - check. Take jumping photos outside famous sights - uhhh maybe not.
Living in a tent has it's downside when, even though you try to sleep in, you wake up at 7am thinking it's time to get up. With nothing to eat my cereal out of, had to use my rather scummy frisbee much to Sarah's amusement. Leaving her on phone/camera charging duty, headed off to do the tourist thing. Bored of waiting in line at the Colosseum with no-one to talk to, decided to skip the line and do the guided tour, only €4 extra. Only realised when I got to the front of the line that the tour didn't start for another 30 minutes by which time I would have been at the front of the line anyway! Fail. Just to really rip my undies, tour guide spoke terrible English so could hardly understand what he was saying. Despite all this, Colosseum was AH-MAY-ZING! Definitely one of my favourite sights so far. Oh to step back in time and be part of the spectacles that took place there! Then it was onto Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum where I schneakily listened into a
tour guides explanation of everything - very interesting...wandered through the Forum on my own little self guided tour (thanks Rick Steve's Italy guidebook) then proceeded to get stuck in the old ruins, could not find the exit I was supposed to take. Eventually backtracked and took a different exit to meet Sarah at Capitol Hill. Not to miss a perfect location for a jumping shot, wandered back to the Colosseum for a photo shoot then walked across town to St Peters Basilica. Again with the respectful dress code had to cover up - this time it was the fashion faux pas of tights under shorts, ugh. Also tried to get the tights on on the side of the street without taking shorts off, fair to say this did not go well and ended up stripping using Sarah's sarong as a towel! Hello Rome.
Basilica was MASSIVE! Cruised round for a bit, took some pics, looked at some dead Popes (still debating whether they were real or not - Zara insists they are!) then down to the tombs, a bit eerie and heaps of people standing around the most recent tomb. Picked up a few souvenirs then back to the campground for dinner at the restaurant - any guesses? Pizza and pasta? Yes.