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Oct 15, 2019 - Rome, Italy

Our first day in Rome, John and I went to the Colosseum while the others did the hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Despite our getting there early, it still took us well over an hour to get in to the Colosseum. What annoyed me were all the tour groups that got preferential entry. And there were busloads of them. The Colosseo was gigantic and it is amazing that it was built around 80 AD. It was built on the same lot of land that Nero’s house of gold was built to eradicate the last memories of a hated emporer. The colosseum was for the people and was...

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Oct 9, 2019 - Day 19 Sorrento to Rome via Napoli - Disney shop in Rome

The trip is coming to a close. Mixed feelings all round as we will be happy to see everyone at home however its almost the end of a lovely holiday. Joe just about at the buffet breakfast out of supplies....had about 5 courses. Then it was time to finish packing, check out and walk to the train station. We decided to train rather than ferry to Napples as it would involve less bag dragging. The train takes us direct to Napoli Centrale where we catch the train to Rome. We arrived in time to catch the 11.30 train to Rome and arrived at Termini...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Day 5 Rome - Capuchin Crypt and the Vatican

We knew it would be a big day today so had a late start...enjoyed a bit of time at home just relaxing. Joe and Georgia had researched a hotel for our last night as I hadn't booked one. They found the Crowne Plaza which is a bit out of the city however it has a pool and they thought it would be a good place to stay. To their delight, it's now booked as one of the things I did while I wa relaxing. We are off to the Capuchin Crypt for a tour at noon and then on to the Vatican for a tour starting at 2:30 so it will be a big day. I checked out...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Day 4 Rome - Colosseum tour and river trip

We had to put the pressure on this morning to get the kids out of bed, showered, dressed and breakfasted early as our Colosseum tour started at 8:20. We were out the door at 7:45 so made it with time to spare. It was a beautful morning and the building looked spectacular bathed in the early morning light. We met our guide Sabrina, were knitted out with our radio headsets and then set off for the tour. We walked around the outside of the building, stopping a number of times for Sabrina to give us some information about its history. What a...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Day 3 Rome - Hop On Hop Off bus

We took our time getting out the door this morning. While the kids were getting organised, Jenni and I went to the supermarket (take 3) and bought some bits and pieces for dinner and breakfasts. Thought we'd cook paste for dinner before we went out so we'd just have to heat it up when we arrived home. Found the supermarket however the shelves were half empty. Not sure if it was a bad day of the week or if we are used to shops with very full shelves. We bought bus tickets at the newsagent section of the supermarket as we thought we'd save...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Day 2 Rome - Around the city

Exciting day today...our first full day in Rome. We had rain, thunder and lightning during the night and it looked like it was going to be around on and off for most of the day so we packed plastic ponchos and took a couple of umbrellas. After a quick breakfast, we set off for the Colosseum with the plan to catch the train into the city centre to buy our SIM cards as a priority. There were heaps of road closures as there was a Peace Run half marathon on and as a result, the Colosseum station was closed. That meant no train trip so we set...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Day 1 and 2 Perth to Doha, Doha to Roma

At last our long awaited adventure began. All family went to the Yokine Bowling Club for dinner before setting off to the airport. Amongst the group, the most excited people were the travelers who were looking forward to their long awaited, upcoming trip. Sarah and Riley would have loved to come too as they enjoyed their trip last year. After the club, it was back to our house for Bon Voyage cake and then off to the airport. Dad gave me a plastic bottle of honey for our breakfast so I wrapped plenty of sticky tape around it and a plastic...

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Sep 10, 2019 - Farewell Rome-Hello Florence

Farewell Rome Hello Florence Our time in Rome has come to an end. We have seen many wonderful sites-both tourist spots and local interests. We arrived at the terminal in plenty of time. Once our train showed on the board we headed to our gate, which was VERY far away. We opted for the slower, but still very fast, train to Florence to see some of the Tuscan hills. This was a mistake for several reasons. The train went so fast that we weren't able to really enjpy the scenery. When we reached our destination terminal there was no elevator so...

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Sep 9, 2019 - Termini Station, Piazza Republica, Baths of Diocletian & Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli

Termini Station, Piazza Republica, Santa Maria degli Angel e dei Martini, Diocletian Baths, Villa Borghese........ We went to Termini Station to see what we needed to do tomorrow when we leave & to see if we could use the pdf sent to us-which indeed we could. Across Piazza Republica from the station was Santa Maria degli Angel e dei Martini Basilia which was on our list to see. I love it when we happen upon the things we want to see instead of having to use Google Maps to find them. We thought the church would be closed but fortunately it...

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Sep 8, 2019 - The Appian Way & Victor Emanuel Monument

Today we took a bus to the Appian Way (Paul walked here). It was a lovely walk but a bit disappointing. It was mostly a paved walkway with green space on either side. The other option was to walked the cobblestone narrow street shared by cars. We walked past the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and San Sebastian. While the Basilica of San Sebastian was closed, they had a lovely area with tables and chairs. Since we brought our lunch we decided this was the perfect spot to eat. It was down a side street so it was private and quiet. Along our walk...

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Sep 7, 2019 - The Pantheon

We had a relaxing start to the day. After lunch and siesta at the apartment we headed to the Pantheon. There was quite a line but it wasn't moving. Come to find out it was closed for a service. Once the service was over the line moved quite quickly. What a beautiful church. The Pantheon as it stands today was built by Emperor Hadrian in 120 BC. The original Pantheon was built in 27 BC by Emperor Augustus' son-in-law, Marcus Agrippa. The original temple was destroyed by fire. It was a Roman temple dedicated to all (pan) gods (theos). After...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Vatican City

9/06/2019 St. Peters,Scavi & Vatican Museum This has been quite a day. We found it quite surprising how hard it was to find out where to be for the different tickets we had. St. Peters Square is an impressive site with the Basilica as the backdrop. We found the Swiss Guards quite interesting in their multicolored uniforms. Why does St. Peters use Swiss Guards instead of Roman ones? Once in St. Peter's, we were awe struck by the beauty and inspiration inside. The vastness of it was unbelievable. We were like little ants. If the Colosseum was...

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