Our time in Rome so far has been a lot like our time in Paris - hot and a lot of walking to jam in lots of amazing sights. The sights in Rome are even more amazing than Paris' however, so old (2,000 years or more in many cases today) it is stunning to think of the technology used to create them.
Last night we walked to the Trevi fountain (not that old, comparatively speaking), the Pantheon (super old, and will need to go back tomorrow to go inside), the Piazza Navonna (big, open, and lots of very odd performance artists), and the Campo de Fiore, where we had dinner at a very unfriendly tourist trap restaurant, but I was able to get the big salad I wanted, heaping with mozzarella, feta, and big chunks of tuna. Gelatto, of course, after dinner.
Today we took the metro to the Colosseum. Wow, is about all I can say. Big, and not terribly hard to imagine the gore. Chad and I are going to put Gladiator in our Netflix queue tonight (and Fellini's Roma). Then we walked to Trajan's Column and through the Roman Forum, catching all sorts of ancient sights. Spent about four hours there in all. Then metro to catch the bus to Appia Antica, aka the Appian Way, the road that connected Ancient Rome to the Adriatic sea. We toured the San Callisto Catacombs with a nice group, meeting a couple about our parents' age from Vancouver (BC) on the bus that we waited with for the English language tour. They were doing three weeks, concentrating on Italy.
After the catacombs it was an easy bus and metro trip back to our very comfortable Rome hotel (TripAdvisor was right again). Now we are relaxing with a couple bottles of Peroni before heading out tonight to have dinner near the Spanish Steps. Chad says Rome is his favorite city so far. I think I'm sticking with Barcelona, but I freely admit that Rome is wonderful.