I had never been to Rome before, it is a lovely city so full of history. Our trip there was uneventful, unlike the trip to Brussels in March. We had booked on Air Canada aircraft all the way so were able to do online check ins and we had also paid for one seat selection so that we would be sitting together on the Toronto to Rome leg. We arrived in Rome on Sunday morning. We used the Leonardo Express train to get from the airport to Termini station and then walked to the hotel which was only about two blocks away. We stayed at the Best Western Premier Royal Santina hotel. After checking into the hotel and unpacking, we explored around the hotel a little.
|Grounds around the National Museum|
|Statue to John Paul II|
|Outside Termini Station|
|Side entrance to Termini Station|
The first evening we went to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Annette had found the Trevi Fountain during he day but hadn't seen the Pantheon. The legend says that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will return to Rome, so of course we both threw a coin in.
The Pantheon was once a temple to the gods but was converted to a church and so survived when many temples were torn down. We also went down to the Piazza Navona on the recommendation of some other delegates at my meetings. We had supper there after exploring the square.
Tuesday evening, we took the Metro down to the Colosseum . We had tickets for it on the weekend but wanted to see it at night as well.
|Panorama shot of the Colosseum and Arch|
|Hard Rock Cafe Roma|
Thursday, our hosts had organized an afternoon visit to the Engineers museum followed by a reception at the museum.
|Communications Vehicle for carrier pigeons|
|Model of an ammunition depot|
|Memorial to Victor Emmanuelle|
|Romulus and Remus|
But as we had booked a Segway tour that evening, we found our way down to the meeting point early and then had dinner in the area. The Segway tour was loads of fun. It was my first time and it wasn't hard at all to learn to ride. While wandering around before our Segway ride, we found a cat sanctuary in some of the ruins.
|Ruins with Stone Pines|
Our Segway tour took us back to many places we had seen during the day but they looked so much different at night.
Sunday, we had tickets for the Colosseum. The tickets were also good for one entry for the Forum and Palatine Hill Ruins. The tickets have to be used either on the same day or on two consecutive days so that's another reason we left Monday as a free day.
Our last day was a Monday, most museums are closed but not churches. We decided to tour a few churches and then do some shopping. There were still some church services that were going on in the morning so you had to be respectful and not enter those areas.
|Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore|
Monday evening since our flights on Tuesday were not too early we went out and treated ourselves to a very nice dinner and a bottle of wine at Ristorante Target. I would highly recommend this restaurant. A bit pricier than most restaurants in the area but quite worth it.
The trip home went well too. We arrived at the train station, got our tickets and boarded the train with about 10 minutes to wait. We did some shopping at the airport and ate our last gelato in Italy, then made our way to our gate. We had to clear immigration in Toronto but this time we didn't have to collect our checked bags, they were booked right on through to our destinations. We had time in Toronto to have supper before heading each to our own gates for our flights home.