I may have previously mentioned that our travels on the Via Francigena were all about the daily journeys. As we are discovering, the destination is also pretty sweet!
When I left you last, Richard and I had just arrived in St. Peter’s Square. From there, we took a glorious taxi to our hotel, got settled, did some errands and then chilled out for the rest of the evening. Our hotel (listed at the bottom of this post) is actually located on the backside of a historic fountain. We found that to be very cool!
On the second day, we walked back to St. Peter’s Square, received our official walking certificates. met VF buddy, Pascal, for lunch and took a Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour. We also continued to discover why this country is often referred to as “Eataly”!
Up bright and early, we walked back to St. Peter’s Square, taking a labyrinth of alleyways and stopping by Trevi Fountain on our way. We arranged for a 10 am (Skip the Line) tour of the Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. As we were waiting for our tour, I persuaded Richard to endure the long lines so that we could attend some of the outdoor 9:30 mass. We were both very happy that I did. There was a spacial guest whom we hadn’t been expecting!
That’s today! We found an ‘All You Can Eat’ (US Style) Breakfast Bar (7 euros each). We then headed out on foot to the Colosseum and Forum, stopping in at the Basilica Di San Pietro In Vincoli along the way. The Basilica houses the chains used to bind the Apostle Peter when he was held prisoner after the death of Christ.
At the Colosseum, we joined another Skip the Line Tour (have I mentioned that it has been a high of 36C/97F all week?). Our tour guides were outstanding and the Colosseum and Forum both fascinating. One of our guides informed us that if you were Christian, and kissed the symbol of the cross (displayed above), Romans believed that you would be absolved of your sins. I was the only one in our group willing to do this! On our way home, we stopped by the famous Spanish Steps before heading for a much-needed siesta!
That’s tomorrow, and our last day in Rome. What would you do? The temperatures are predicted to reach 39C/102F…and the summer crowds are intense. Although our hotel has a super cool fountain, it sadly does not have a pool!
Moses Fountain, Via XX Settembre 98L, Via Veneto, Rome, 00187, +39 06 679 6626. Small (6-room) hotel. Central location. Personalized service. 80 euros per night. We loved it!
Distances Walked While In Rome: 7 – 14 km per day. Crazy, I know!