ROME DAY ONE: FOUNTAINS, FAMOUS SQUARES, AND RAIN

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Roma ne-a intampinat cu vreme urata, dar nici macar norii nu au reusit sa ascunda frumusetea din capitala Italiei. Am aterizat pe un aeroport mai mic, Ciampino si am luat autobuzul pana la Termini (un fel de Gara de Nord din Roma). Aveam metrou direct spre hotel, dar surpriza … linia noastra era inchisa din cauza unei greve. Desigur ca nu s-au obosit sa explice si in engleza ce se intampla, dar noi ca romanii, descurcareti si cunoscatori de limba italiana de baza din … talent am inteles din prima ce vor sa ne transmita 🙂 Rome welcomed us with gloomy weather, but not even the clouds managed to obscure the Italian capital’s beauty. We landed at the smaller airport, Ciampino and took the bus to the Termini station (the mainline railway station in Rome). We had a direct metro connecting us to our hotel but surprise … that particular line was closed because of a strike. Of course, they did not bother to put in place an announcement in English, but what do I care, since I have no problem understanding and speaking basic Italian.

Am reconfigurat traseul si ne-am urcat intr-un tramvai. Cu doua statii inainte de destinatia noastra … surpriza iar! Conductorul s-a decis sa intre si el spontan in greva si ne-a evacuat din tramvai. Voi va inchipuiti ce patea in Bucuresti? Asa ca am luat-o pe jos spre hotel. Am taiat-o direct prin Villa Borghese si dupa o plimbare am ajuns. Si am bifat si un obiectiv turistic de pe lista noastra :))

Am facut repede checkin la hotel si cum muream de foame am cerut si o recomandare pentru un restaurant in apropiere cu pizza buna. Din cauza intarzierii cauzate de grava si de pauza de masa ne-am decis sa ne scurtam programul si sa facem un tur clasic al pietelor si fantanilor din Roma. Am plecat de la Piazza del Popolo si am bifat de rand Piata Navona, Piata Spania cu trepetele spaniole, PiazzaBarberini si Fantana Trevi. La Treptele Spaniole am prins si cea mai fioroasa ploaie din excursie.

We reconfigured our route and ended up taking a tram to our destination. With two stops to go … surprise again! The train conductor decided he will spontaneously join the strike and evacuated us from the tram. We ended up walking towards our hotel. All we had to do was to take a short walk through the beautiful Villa Borghese park. And this is how we also crossed one touristic objective from our list :))

The hotel was quick to check us in and since we were starving, they also recommended a nice place to grab a quick and delicious pizza. With all the delays caused by the strike and us being so hungry, we decided to start a classic square and fountains tour. The starting point was Piazza del Popolo. From then, we admired Piazza Navona, Piazza Spagna and the Spanish Steps, Piazza Barberini, and the famous Trevi Fountain. At the Spanish Steps, we were greeted by the pouring rain.

Ne-am oprit si la Panteon, care a devenit pe loc obiectivul meu preferat din Roma. We also stopped by the Pantheon which quickly became my favorite objective in Rome.

8 thoughts on “ROME DAY ONE: FOUNTAINS, FAMOUS SQUARES, AND RAIN

  1. I enjoyed that vicarious tour of Rome (in Romanian with no problem 😉🙂 ) taking me back over 30 years when I did a similar walk. I was then there for work but I usually managed to fit in a sightseeing wander. On that occasion it was more of a forced march as my companion was a soldier.

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    1. I don’t think there’s a better way of experiencing Rome than on foot. So many wonderful things to see at every corner. With every step, I felt like moving through history. Also, the fitness app on my phone registered a record number of steps each day 🙂

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