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Trip Report 7 glorious days in Rome - so worth it!

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This trip started on a whim. Last September, we had taken a 2-week trip to Taormina, Sicily and to Tropea, Calabria with our last day in Rome before our flight home the next morning.

We were travelling with 2 other couples who had not been to Rome before, so we spent the afternoon showing them whatever we could squeeze in. It was a manic kind of afternoon coupled with the fact that we got lost on our way back to hotel. I felt cheated of the charm of Rome....so when I got a Tripadvisor email alert of low airfare prices, NYC to Rome thru Dublin I hesitated only long enough to get the thumbs up from my husband. Hitting the "book" flights now button started the thrill!!

We were in Rome during Oct 9-16. We arrived on a rainy morning, but by the time we got settled in our apartment in the Campo Di Fiore section - http://vrbo.com/372507, the rain had stopped and we went out to explore the neighborhood. Found a food store right around the corner and stocked up on essentials. The location of this apartment could not have been more convenient. Within 5-10 minutes to Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto. A doable walk to the Vatican, Piazza Popolo, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain (I think my husband would disagree with the doable....especially towards the end of the week when his legs were not that "fresh).

Had done tons of research on eating establishments and had made a reservation for dinner that night at LaCampana. A very enjoyable meal and a great way to end our first day in Rome.

During our stay in Rome we took two day trips. One to Pompeii and one to Florence. Again, with research and help from this forum, we booked our train tickets early enough to obtain the low fares. I didn't have any problems booking thru the Trenitalia website. Pompeii was so worth it. We did join a group tour once inside the site and I am so glad we did. The cost was 10E pp in addition to the 11E pp entry fee.

I will not bore everyone with our "walking" adventures thru The Vittorio Emanuele Monument, Campidiglio, Gianocolo, Trastevere, Jewish Ghetto, but we visited all the above sites at our leisure (just the 2 of us), at our own pace and enjoyed the Rome that I remembered from 2004 (the last time we were there for 4 days). All of the above provided great photo opportunities for my husband .....1025 photos to sift thru....

We went to the Vatican on Sunday where mass was being held outside and we were lucky enough to see the Pope who made his way thru the crowds on his papal car at the end of mass. It was so wonderful to see him up close!!!

Our day trip to Florence was also very enjoyable. Visited the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Duomo, San Lorenzo church and market and the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacia. Were there in 2004 and had visited a lot of the other sites and museums then. Sat at a nice outdoor restaurant and had a glass of wine before catching our train back to Rome.

While in Rome, we ate at restaurants mentioned in this forum. All were good, some better than others. We had reservations to most, except to Casa Coppelle. If anyone wants any details or has questions about the restaurants listed below, please just ask. I will post individual reviews on Tripadvisor in a few days.

La Campana; Colline Emiliane; Hostaria Costanza; Buccone; Casa Coppelle; Il Fico; Alle Fratte Di Trastevere and Armando al Pantheon, Roscioli bakery.

For the women (including me) who come on this board and ask"what to wear"....do not worry. Wear what is comfortable to you. Jeans are a very common staple; scarves, scarves and more scarves - worn by men and women alike; sneakers in every possible color and boots!!

This trip was exactly what I thought it would be, and am very glad that we were able to pull it off in such a short time. I know we will return!!

Happy and safe travels everyone,

HelenG

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