Friends and family of Backpack Greece and Italy,
After we checked into the hotel, we bit into our first destination of Roman history. The Spanish Steps are the widest staircase in Europe and a great place for taking pictures. We walked over to the peaceful Borghese Gardens where we played “Speed Dating” to get to know each other a little better. Dinner was a spectacle in itself as we took our newly formed bonds to Papa Rex, to experience not only local Italian food, but authentic opera singing and a toga party. After a jam-packed first day, we called it a night!
Human Bingo kicked off our busiest day in Rome. We began with a guided tour of Vatican City, where the Trip Members absorbed a wealth of knowledge and interesting facts. We wrapped up with a visit of the famous Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With full brains, we proceeded to grab a quick lunch in Vatican City and use the rest of our downtime to rack up some Touch the Nun points.
Afternoon brought on the Coliseum! Once the holder of 80, 000 seats, now one of the worlds greatest tourist attractions and performance grounds for the likes of Ray Charles, Billy Joel, and Elton John. After extracting the last bit of gladiator within us, we moved across the street to the Roman Forum—ancient government buildings and main shopping complex. Under the late afternoon sun, we welcomed the ice cold spring water fountain, one of many scattered across Rome. For dinner, we went to famous site of Julia Roberts’ gelato in Eat Pray Love—Piazza Navona. We walked along the side streets for a more authentic Italian cuisine, before returning to the square to enjoy some gelato, the impressive artists and street performers.
Alas, our last day in Rome. The group woke up refreshed and ready to roll. We started the day with a Bang—the icebreaker that is. We headed over to the Trevi Fountain where, despite being under construction they were still able to throw coins into a pond—I guess that means we’re coming back to Rome! The Trip Members then navigated the map like true backpackers and landed us in the Pantheon, a real geometric wonder as it illustrates the perfect relationship between the volume of cylinder and a sphere. Here on backpack Greece and Italy, we stay sharp! Campo Di Fiori was lunch; a mix outdoor markets and restaurants. A large group after at Osteria Da Fortunata and raved about the Seniora that made their pasta dishes right in front of them. Talk about authentic! We kicked off our last evening in Rome in Trastevere where the crew dove into a trade-up game and had to trade a pen for various items to see what they could end up with. We ate dinner in the narrow cobblestone streets before hiking up to Piazzale Giusseppe Garibaldi, where we took pictures and enjoyed a last breathtaking view of the Italian capital.
Now we’re off to Perugia and putting our backpacking skills to the test!
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