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Rome: It wasn’t built in a day

Posted by daveb on November 2nd, 2007

It wasn’t built in a day and it shall not be blogged in a day, either.

Rome is the biggest city to which we’ve travelled, thus far. The closest campsite is big too. We were sharing the site with a few other campers and seventeen hundred blonde, German girls who were enjoying the most enormous organised all-girl school trip that I have ever seen. To give you an idea of the scale of their outing, they had brought with them three juggernauts containing their food — and their kitchens! Our chances of getting hot water in the campsite showers after 1,700 girls? Nil.

One could spend quite a few weeks in Rome just covering the main tourist bits, and a lot longer to see it all. For example, there are over five hundred churches in the city (or so we were told). As such, we limited ourselves to the biggies and allowed ourselves some mooching time, which we so enjoy.

The Colosseum is magnificent. Here’s a tip for you: Illegal touts outside the amphitheatre offer to guide and queue-jump you for €10 (on top of the €11 ticket price, so €21 total). However, once inside we paid an extra €3.50 (making €14.50 total, including ticket) for an official guided tour. We enjoyed the tour as it was a bit of a rarity for us; we generally walk in the opposite direction of large groups of tourii*. The same ticket allows you onto Palentine hill next door, which our brochure described as ‘a walk of indescribable beauty’.

* [daveb’s] plural of ‘tourist’.


Comment from Rob
Time: November 2, 2007, 1:35 pm

so the 1700 schoolgirls use all the hot water?

looks like the *only* option is to go in with them, I’m sure Squiffy would understand you had no choice :-p

Comment from Rob
Time: November 2, 2007, 1:37 pm

p.s. take your waterproof camera :-)

p.p.s. have you seen cat square? I forget if you are cat people but if you are, go there!

Comment from Beno
Time: November 5, 2007, 2:53 pm

The next stop on the schoolgirl’s tour wouldn’t happen to be Cork, would it? Please? For the love of God, PLEASE???

Enjoy Rome lads – was there a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it.

Except for the most expensive pair of icecreams in the world. €36 (thirty-six) for 2 ice creams that pretty much melted before we cold eat them.

Beware the ice-cream parlours at the Trevi Fountain…

Comment from daveb
Time: November 6, 2007, 12:35 pm

You didn’t actually pay this did you?! I would have handed them back mate! SQ & I have now learnt to check the price of *everything* before ordering anything, e.g. we ask the price of having pineapple chunks added to a Margherita pizza!

Comment from Kamron
Time: July 3, 2011, 2:49 pm

Thanks for writing such an easy-to-understand arltice on this topic.

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