I am completely overwhelmed by Rome. There is so much history, so much to see everywhere you look - I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I took about 300 images today.
In hindsight, I think we should have started our trip here rather than in Tuscany. We arrived completely rested and relaxed and after our first full day here we are exhausted. It's nothing a bottle of wine can't cure but still. The good news is that all this walking will help to keep off the pounds that we would be gaining thanks to our daily enjoyment of wine and gelato. Also, I think I've eaten more cheese in the last week than I have in the last six months.
Today we walked from our hotel on the Via Veneto down to the Colosseum. It's incredible to be standing inside the Colosseum with ghosts of the past all around and then see the crazy Roman traffic below. We visited there as well as the Forum and Palatino. When I see something like this it makes me wish that I had taken more than just one Archeology and Anthropology class in college. What I find most fascinating about Rome is that you have all of these glorious ruins in the middle of one of the most important, active and busy cities in the world. When we went to Chichen Itza and Angkor Wat we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere - it was amazing of course but here you have all this history mixed with the present. It's so quiet inside those walls until you walk a few meters and you're back out in 2009 and trying not to get hit by a Roman on a moto or a bus driver.
We stopped in the Vittoriano for a cappucino and then made our way down the Via de Corso. Before making our way to the Fontana di Trevi we decided to stop in a seemingly small church on a tiny Piazza. We weren't sure what to expect since we barely noticed the place in our guidebook but when we walked in, our jaws dropped. This is Rome - there is a treasure on every corner waiting to be discovered. So much to see and experience that you don't know where to start. I think that I might actually pass out when I visit the Vatican and St.Peter's tomorrow.
With all this history and pieces of the past around us, I've decided to take a blogging break until I get back to New York this weekend. So, the next time you'll find me here is next Monday, March 16th. :) In the meantime, I've posted this new header of a photo I took in Florence from the top of the Duomo - It's straight from the camera. I might be updating on Twitter so if you're curious you can check there but otherwise...see you in a few days!