Italy - Day 1 - 2 (Rome)

Wednesday (Day 1)

Taxi to hotel, check in.

Out to dinner at al Vero Girarrosto Toscano.

Thursday (Day 2)

Relaxing breakfast in hotel. We probably sat for an hour... drank coffee, talked, planned our day, people watched (lots of interesting people, including one middle eastern family having lavash with breakfast).  I just wanted to have a relaxing morning to help recover a bit from the tiring 24 hours of travel yesterday.

Walked to Metro, tried to buy tickets at machine but it only took small bills and we had only 20's.  Oh well.  We took a taxi to colosseum and bought Roma Pass (which allowed us to avoid an hour-long line at the Colosseum).

Explored Colosseum.

Short visit to Palatine Hill, taxi to Via del Corso, sat at a cafe for about half an hour for coffee, iced tea, a couple jam cookies and people watching.  So many interesting outfits.  

Window shopping, then shopping on Via Condotti (Prada, Burberry, Gucci, etc.).  

Quick coffee at famous Caffe Greco.

Sat on Spanish steps.

Walked to Rick Steves recc pizza place but it was closed, ended up at a nearby pizzeria called Pizza Roma.  Sat in back.. and had three types of pizza and roasted peppers. 

Ended up at Trevi Fountain (by accident), picked up gelato and took taxi back to hotel to relax and review the photos I took today (and write this blog post).

I went down to the bar for a coffee and time on the computer while Rachel took a nap.

Today was a great first dayt!  Looking forward to tomorrow... 2 PM entry ticket to the Vatican museums.