Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 6 Rome

We woke up really early to head to the Colosseum.  We first went to Palatine Hill since we could get our combo ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum there without having to wait in a line.  We walked around Palatine Hill and were able to enjoy where all the palaces where and to see more parts of the city.  We then walked over to the Roman Forum.  At this point it was starting to get really hot and there aren't a lot of trees for shade.  We stayed at the Roman Forum for a while before heading over to the Colosseum.  By now the line to get into the Colosseum was wrapped all the way around the building and towards the street.  Thankfully since we bought the combo ticket we were able to bypass the really long line and go right in.  We wanted to do a guided tour but the line for the guided tour was really long.  So we used our Rick Steve's guide book for our tour guide.
View from the breakfast room in our Hotel.
Palatine Hill
Roman Forum
After the Colosseum we grabbed some lunch nearby and then headed to the Pantheon.  The Pantheon's dome is the world's largest unenforced concrete dome and has a central opening to the sky. When we finished at the Pantheon we got some gelato for a snack and then walked back to the Spanish Steps to do some shopping.  Chris knew that I had fallen in love with a mint green handbag from Louis Vuitton and he wanted to buy it for me.  So we headed to the flagship store in Rome which is also the flagship store for all of Italy.  We asked to see if they had the mint green bag in stock and they didn't but they did have a razorback red and a brown bag available.  I was debating between the two colors when Chris pulls out his debit card to pay for the red bag.  I didn't realize it at the time but there was a very angry Italian woman who also wanted the same red bag.  She was pointing at the bag and pointing at the salesman.  So needless to say she wasn't very happy when we bought the bag.  After wrapping my new bag our salesman also gave us a personal tour of the whole store.  Chris said that this was his favorite memory of Rome.  I asked him why and he said because he’s never been able to buy me anything that nice before.  He’s such a sweet husband and I’m so blessed to have him!! After we finished shopping we went back to the hotel room to relax before heading to dinner.
There were street performers on every street.

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