Woke up this morning and checked out at 10. First we went to Tratsevere Markets and had a look around till around before having lunch at a small cafe nearby. Next we caught the tram to Largo Argentina and then walked to the Monumento a Vittorio Emmanuele II (known as the wedding cake because its huge and white).
We then tried to look for the Santa Maria Church for Cheryll but ended up zalking around the block getting lost. So silly. In the process of getting lost we saw the Campodoglio, Roman Forum and the inside of the museum in the "Wedding Cake". Finally found Santa Maria which turned out to be the place with a huge number of steps leading up to it but we were just too lazy to walk up when we first saw it earlier. Turns out it didnt open till 3 so we waited outside for about 30mins, but found out at the end we couldnt get in anyway because we didnt have anything to cover out shoulders and out shorts were not down to out knees. The guy was nice enough to open the door and let us stand in the doorway to take some pics though.
After that we caught a bus back to the hostel to pick up our bags because ze needed to check in to our hotel for the TopDeck tour. It was quite a while away but we made it in time. Had a little orientation then we had dinner at the hotel which was pretty tasty.
After that we heard that the public transport was going to be on strike tomorrow so we would have to walk to all the sites (you cant build rome in a day but you sure can walk it!).
Me and Cheryll (Jess was tired) decided to go out at night and see Piazza di Spanga (Spanish Steps) and Piazza di Popolo. On the Spanish Steps there were heaps of people just chilling and drinkg and playing music, quite a nice ambience at night. Then we walked to Piazza di Popolo which is just down the road and on the way this Italian guy started walking with us and chatting. He wasnt dodgy or anything but he left after about 2 minutes of talking to us and asking if we wanted to go for a drink.
After Piazza di Popolo (a big square with an obelisk and a few fountains.. apparently its where they used to kill people in public executions or display dead bodies or something), we went to catch the bus back to the hotel. Got a bit tricky trying to figure out where we were supposed to get off but there were other tourists in the same boat so we all manage to get back ok.