Arrived in Rome on the 19th and was so tired that I did nothing but sleep that whole day (I know, how wasteful).?But it?was lovely to rest after weeks of stress and running around like a headless chook =) The day was not totally wasted as Lino (my Venezuelan boyfriend) took me out to dinner in a pizza restaurant - mmm, Italian pizza!
On the 20th, we did a whole lot of sight-seeing, visiting: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Popolo (among other Piazzas; they?re everywhere) and the Pantheon. It was really hot, so I was very grateful to the thoughtful Romans for providing drinking fountains (bubblers) everywhere - and they spouted beautiful, cool water! Funnily enough it didn?t matter that we didn?t speak Italian as Lino speaks Spanish (and English, and French) and the two languages are so similar they are mutually comprehensible! English was also usually sufficient.
On the 21st, we visited Vatican City (and the Vatican, of course - although we didn?t see the Pope). It is huge, and a little obscene when you think about the wealth required to build such a monument. My favourite moment?was when we saw 4 nuns walking out of a gelateria eating icecream - it looked hilarious. We continued our culinary tour of Italy with some gelato of our own. Trust McDonald?s in Italy?to have a gelato bar!!!