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Rome Day 3, Galleria Borghese & Walking around Rome, Last day in Italy, 2016

It was our last day in Rome, so we got up and out early to head to Campo de’ Fiora for the morning market and breakfast. Last morning coffee on our balcony!

Along the way…

We always love browsing Campo de’ Fiori’s food, flower and other vendors and it’s surrounded by restaurants and stores.

It’s fun to watch people shop the market while you eat!

And we’re off for a long walk through Rome with the Galleria Borghese as our destination for a tour of their famous art. So much amazing architecture!

We ran across two wedding photo shoots – one at the Forum and then the Coloseum. What an awesome backdrop for your wedding photos!

Notice the cool bee over the tall green door. LOVE!

And the other wedding couple…

As we left the Colosseum area, we ran across a LONG line of people. As we got past it, we discovered it was the crowd waiting for the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Circo Massimo.

And we wandered on, getting lost along the way along the way.

We finally arrived at the Villa Borghese Park to tour the Galleria Borghese, home to Bernini’s sculpture masterpieces, along with Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and more. Art heaven, and the villa is a masterpiece in itself. The park is 226 acres and a hub of Roman outdoor life – it’s their “Central Park”. They even have a zoo! Find more info at:

Here’s your tour…

We walked out the opposite side of the park, which put us closer to our neighborhood by Piazza Navona. There’s great views across Rome.

By this time we were hungry again so walked back through Campo de’ Fiori and tried a different restaurant.

When we finally made it back to our apartment, we collapsed for a while and then started packing for our return home the next morning. We ate a late dinner of pizza and lasagne at one of our neighborhood outdoor cafes. It’s amazing how they set up all the tables and chairs for evening dining and then they are gone when you get up in the morning! They come through and clean the streets and prepare for the next night.

We were up and out for our flight home, and the cab driver dropped us off at our terminal and we got in line to check in. And we waited and waited and waited and waited in that same line outside the terminal doors for hours and hours. They finally started moving us inside to go through security as our flight time drew closer. Word spread that a fiery car wreck on a nearby highway had burned through the internet cables and our terminal’s computer system was down! Since they couldn’t check passports on their computer system, they interviewed EVERY SINGLE PASSENGER for about 5 minutes each, putting stickers on our passports if we passed inspection.

We got to our gate – finally – and then boarded to take off. Whew, let’s go! BUT WAIT… someone came on board and told us we had to get off, our flight had been canceled. The pilots had waited around too long and “timed out” and decided they didn’t want to fly us. WHAT?? So they made us get off and told us to collect our luggage. Now what?? So I jumped on my phone and found a nearby hotel and booked a room. And then an agent from the airline comes out to the luggage area and tells us that they have rooms for us at a hotel and would bus us there to stay overnight. We decided we better go with their hotel and arrangement as they were paying, and would bus us back to the airport in the morning. So we boarded the bus and it took us all the way back – TO ROME.

Along the way, I called to cancel the other hotel reservation. I hadn’t noticed that the hotel I reserved from did not offer a same day cancellation policy – and they wouldn’t refund it. Can you feel my nervous breakdown coming? So we arrive at the hotel, which is pretty nice and has a lovely pool. Now why didn’t they just tell us the first hour what the hell was going on, and send us to the hotel so we could have at least have relaxed and enjoyed the day????

So the next and last straw – we had to call and make our new flight arrangements for the following morning. Our connection changed to going through Chicago instead of Charlotte, which added several more layover hours. I think I broke down and bawled at this point, while Wally was out at the pool bar getting drunk. Is this day over yet?

We made it home the next day, and it was so nice to hug the dogs and collapse. So this completes two weeks in Italy in July, visiting Tuscany and Rome. Hope you’ve enjoyed your photo travel tour – sorry it took me so long to get around to posting!

Next up we’ll be going to Mexico and Florida, so follow along as I get caught up on our travels!


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Italy 2015 ~ The Colosseum & Around Rome

 It was another beautiful day and we started our morning with a stop in Campo de’ Fiori for breakfast and some quick shopping.

Breakfast at Baccanale Campo de’ Fiori Roma


IMG_0096Monica and Denise loved the leather goods vendor’s products right as you entered the market, and had decided to pick up a few things to take home. He offered purses, wallets, men’s bags and more.

IMG_0099IMG_0375There was a hat and scarf vendor next to him, and I picked out a black felt hat and black scarf for myself before shopping the leather. I like small cross body purses, and picked out the black and brown purse I have on in the picture below. IMG_0102Happy shoppers : ) Happy vendor! IMG_0103We had purchased tickets for the Colosseum, Forum and Roman Palatine ahead of time so we could “skip the line”, and we were very happy we had. Here’s some of the sights along the way to the Colosseum.

Arriving at the Colosseum we “skipped the line” and went right in with our printouts. To get your tickets online, here’s the official site:

The architecture is amazing to see, and to imagine how it was during the Roman reign almost 2,000 years ago! Here’s a site with some history information about it:

I recommend keeping a water bottle with you while traveling in Rome. You can refill at their public water spigots for clean, cold water.As you can see from Wally’s photo below, we did not bring our water bottle on this day!

Done with the Colosseum, we moved on towards the Forum and Palatine Hill. This couple was taking their “selfie” with the Colosseum behind them.

The Roman monuments and buildings are really quite amazing to see, and so detailed.

Climbing the Palatine Hill, you get great views over the ancient city of Rome. WOW! What a picture-perfect day we had!

IMG_0521IMG_0509IMG_1385Hot, tired and thirsty, we finished up with our tour and navigated to the Jewish Ghetto, where I had plotted our lunch destination. The Jewish Ghetto is a relatively short brisk walk from the Colosseum, and the tree-lined sidewalks along the Tiber River were welcome in the heat.

Fonzie Burger was our lunch destination in the quiet Jewish Ghetto, and was easy to find. They had rave reviews on Trip Advisor, Yelp and more, and we were ready for a fat juicy burger after two weeks of Italian-style dishes. Soooo many choices… mmmmm…

And it was soooo good! Highly recommend for your Rome burger and fry fix! At this point we decided to part company. The girls wanted to go see the shopping district and some of the other Rome sites we had already seen. They took a cab to the Spanish Steps area (where they found the steps closed) and we walked back to our apartment by Piazza Navona to rest and relax. Here are snapshots from the girl’s afternoon around Rome from assistant photo blogger Monica.

They returned from their afternoon sightseeing blitz, and we made our evening plan to see more of Rome after dark. Our street was starting to get lively as we made our way through the ancient streets. We stopped off at some of the churches that were open, including the Baroque-style beauty, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Piazza della Maddalena near the Pantheon. Learn more about the church history here:

 You have to experience the Pantheon Piazza at night when musicians are playing. Seeing this amazing building erected in 125 AD is quite amazing. In the next blog we’ll re-visit the Pantheon in the morning to see the interior.

We worked our way back through the winding alleys to Piazza Navona so the girls could check out some of the artists. Monica loved this artist’s rendering of Positano that we had just left, and took it home for one of her trip souvenirs.

We made it back to our street, Via del Governo Vecchio, and Cantina & Cucina Hosteria & Pizzeria lured us inside for dinner. It was packed, but we got a table quickly and placed our orders. And when they came, it was divine! Very good!

After dinner, we wandered down Via del Governo Vecchio a bit, and I loved these chalkboard signs outside the local market.

Back at the apartment, I decided to rest a few minutes and catch my second wind… or maybe not.

IMG_1361Next up, last day in Rome and Italy ~ back to the U. S. A.  ZZZZzzzzz






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