Our family took a little vacation to Italy recently and here’s the update I promised. 🙂
Woke up nice and early on the 27th of July, got the kids dressed and ready… here they are all raring to go.
We hopped on a train and stopped at Bern, capital of Switzerland (no, it’s not Zurich – I thought that too! 🙂 ) and after some walking around the vicinity of the main station, we decided to have lunch in the station and get on an earlier train to Geneva where we were bound on our flight to Rome.
Here are the kids on the train to Geneva. We were all prepared with movies for entertainment. 🙂
Got to the airport in Geneva and check-in was quick so we hung out at a cafe for an hour or so.
The kids entertained themselves while mummy and daddy were trying to get on the internet (it didn’t work of course! 🙂 ). So we got ourselves ready at the boarding gate only to be told the flight was delayed almost 1.5hours. We finally got on the plane and soon we landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport at about 6.30pm.
Got picked up by a private limo arranged by the hotel and arrived at our hotel (or rather B&B) for the next 3 days.
A small and cosy B&B located about 3 stops away from Rome’s Termini Station… a good thing we chose to stay away from the city centre, firstly because it cost less but also it’s less crowded and “touristy”. The room was small but comfortable… and there was a computer and flat screen LCD TV for surfing. How cool! 🙂 By that time, we were all ready for dinner and headed out to explore the streets around our hotel… found a little Chinese restaurant for dinner. It was good. 🙂 After dinner, we got settled in.. we had a long day the next day. 🙂
Just around the corner from the street we’re on is a traditional Italian cafe/bakery. And that’s where we had breakfast every morning and an occasional tea or supper snack.
This is the gentleman who made my Cappucino every morning. It was YUM!
I loved their tuna sandwich and the boys had grilled ham and cheese. 🙂
This is a view of the street outside our hotel.
A pic of the subway train in Rome (all graffitti-ed) 🙂 .
Our first stop for the day was…
the Colosseum. It is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of Rome, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. By the time we got there (about 10am), a huge line had already formed and it looked like it was gonna take about an hour before we could get in. We didn’t want to waste time so we ‘jumped’ queue by renting audio guides. 🙂
Here is H with the audio guide.. which is probably a good thing too coz that kept them occupied.
The Colosseum was, well, colossal. 🙂 It was amazing just to imagine the 50,000 people who packed the arena to watch the gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Part of the Colosseum was damaged by an earthquake in the 21st century!
After the Colosseum, it was time for lunch and gelato (of course!). 🙂
Across the street from the Colosseum was the Roman Forums and Palatine Hill. That was our next stop.
The Roman Forum is located between the Palatine Hill and the Capitoline hill of the city of Rome. It is the central area around which the ancient Roman civilization developed. Citizens referred to the location as the “Forum Magnum” or just the “Forum”. The site is mostly ruins now, but it sprawled across a vast area. We did A LOT of walking! 🙂
And here we are having some fun! You can see the heat was really getting to us by then! After a lot of walking around, it was time to get back to the hotel for a quick nap and then off to dinner at Piazza Navona.
Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome. It had 2 beautiful fountains one on each end of the piazza and there were artists selling their art and live music – a very lively atmosphere indeed! And lining the piazza were fine restaurants and we had a hard time deciding on which… in the end we settled and I had this yummy tortellini in cream sauce to end of a great second day in the eternal city! 🙂
More to come.. our third and last day in Rome and then on to Siena, Florence, Venice and Milan! 🙂