But we kinda cheated; we had FastPasses.
We’re here on an Adventures by Disney tour, which means a lot of the attractions with long lines presented no obstacle to our group.
I’m more of a see-it-on-your-own kind of traveler, but after our capable guide opened the door to so many places with crowds waiting outside yesterday, I feel differently. If you want to hit the highlights of Rome, this is definitely a great way to do it.
All of us threw a coin into the Fontana di Trevi and are sure we’ll be back to explore this city more thoroughly.
We were a little surprised that the water in some of the fountains was drinkable. With temperatures hovering in the 90s, that was a welcome relief.
As fans of the films Gladiator and Spartacus, the Colosseum made the biggest impression on us, and especially the boys. Here’s a shot that attempts to capture the energy of the place as it once was — a lens blur focusing on the underground area that held the gladiators and wild animals before each fight.
I’ll have more details in National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog, as always.
I like Rome, but I could do without the traffic and throngs of tourists. We’ve also struck out on finding a family-friendly restaurant in our area (we’re saying near the U.S. embassy). (“A crime,” says my friend who runs a newsletter on traveling to Italy.)
Ah well, we have one more night to set that right. We are at the Vatican tomorrow.
I’m sure we will.