April 25, 2008 - Posted by Erin in Travels in Europe

Gosh, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks! I arrived in Spain last Sunday and headed out for Rome early Tuesday morning. If I was looking for relaxation, I certainly wasn’t going to find it in Rome.

My mom and I arrived in Rome early Tuesday morning and quickly started to hit up the various tourist spots. On the first day we visited the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps and everywhere else in between. It was a little bit rainy so it definitely took some dedication. For dinner that night we went to a delicious restaurant, Nino’s (which came highly recommended by The Scribner Family), where we enjoyed our fair share of pasta and some delicious tiramisu.

The second day we headed to the south part of the city to visit Ancient Rome – the Imperial Forums, the Roman Forums, the Coliseum, Arch of Constantine, Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza del Campidoglio.

Finally, on our third and last day, we hopped on the metro to Vatican City and took a guided tour of the Vatican Museum (the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter’s Basilica. On our way back to the hotel we saw Castel Sant’ Angelo, walked along a tree-lined street along the Tiber River and then visited Piazza del Popolo for a final glass of wine before heading to the airport.

Rome in three days is not for the lazy that’s for sure. I look forward to going back and spending a little bit more time at each place as it seems like we just barely skimmed the surface. The highlight was definitely the Imperial Forums – I have never seen anything so impressive and utterly mind blowing. It is hard to believe that the ruins have survived for 2,000+ plus years. Makes everything in the world today seem a little bit small and unimportant in the scheme of things!

Tomorrow we will be taking my mom to the charming town of Toledo, just south of Madrid. More to come….

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