Sunday, September 25, 2005

9/24/05 – Rome

Today started with the Castle Sant’angelo. I wasn’t expecting much from this tour, but I was very surprised. To start with, the visit was free. Apparently, the last weekend of the month is free for many of the locations around town. I also found out that this castle was originally the mausoleum of Hadrian. Afterwards, the Romans and Popes built it into a fort for the protection of the city and church. The castle also gave us some great views of the Vatican and the city.

The castle tour took most of the morning, so it was then time for an early lunch and then it was a walking tour of the city. We walked back from the castle to visit the Piazza Nuvona, Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon among other locations.

We took a break in the afternoon to rest our feet and catch up on Hurricane Rita as it came ashore. For dinner, we tried to find a restaurant that we had really enjoyed three years ago. Alas, the restaurant was gone, but we found another nice sidewalk restaurant. We were seated next to a very nice couple from Colorado Springs who had been on a gastronomic tour of Italy. Sounds great to me.

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