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: http://www.reidsitaly.com/destinations/lazio/rome/sights/villa_borghese.html http://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/visita/visit-the-galleria-borghese
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 Hotels.com 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!