Today was my last day in Rome and I was going to hit all the big sites today – the Colosseum, the forum, the ruins and the Pantheon.
Although I did finally meet some people (Jaimie and Freddy) to hang out with last night they were doing things I had already done so I was, once again, on my own.
I didn’t mind so much as the weather did a complete 180 and was easily the nicest weather I’ve seen in over a month. Besides we had plans to meet up later in the evening to go out for a nice meal back where I was last night.
So around 11am I headed out to explore. I had bought a Roma Pass yesterday which, along with discounted entries and free transit for 3 days, bypassed the huge line at the Colosseum.
After the lineup debacle yesterday it was with immense pleasure that I walked past everybody and entered 5 minutes after arriving. A sweet measure of revenge even if I had to stand in the pouring rain and they were all standing in the beautiful sunlight. I don’t care – I’ll take it.
Exploring everything was great and I took some amazing photos. Of course everywhere was run over by tourists as I’m quickly become accustomed to here in Rome. Seriously – doesn’t anyone work? Is the whole world on vacation?
I headed back to the hostel around 2:00 and chance would have it Jaimie was also there on her way out to meet Freddy to do the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. I had already done all of this but since it was a nice day and I really had nothing to do I figured I would go with.
We actually sat in the sun in the Plaza del Popolo for awhile catching rays and eating pizza and ice cream (I know, my diet – out the window!)
After awhile we finally got off and started our walk. They actually went off in a different direction around the Spanish Steps than I had done previously so I was happy to be discovering a new part of the city. We happened upon a cool little lake with ducks and turtles and people in little sailboats.
When we got to the fountain I left them as they were headed to the Pantheon and I was kinda tired and wanted to relax for a bit before heading out later in the evening.
Besides – it was about 6pm and surely there would be some new, cool people to talk with at the hostel…
Ah, no… just me.
I popped on my computer to figure out the next few days in Naples and the Amalfi coast and before I knew it they were back.
Time for a great dinner!
First it took forever to head out and then we did the timing was such that we didn’t have enough time to head into Trastevere, the restaurant district I was last night.
So we went to a place nearby that our guy at the hostel recommended. I knew in my heart that this wasn’t what I wanted and I was compromising in a way I didn’t want to as this was my last meal in Rome and, frankly, I had eaten too many crappy overpriced meals here and knew where I could have a good one.
As Freddy, Jaimie, myself and another girl from the hostel entered the restaurant I looked at the menu board and, sure enough, the prices were 10 to 16 euros (twice as much as the place I was at last night). The kicker for me though was we weren’t greeted for a full 10 minutes and while I understand that in general service in Europe sucks – it’s hard for me who comes from a service background to tolerate.
And I didn’t.
I left the others to head on my own. It took about 45 minutes to get to where I wanted by bus and by foot but it was worth it. Another great meal and another bottle of Prosecco. It was a shame I couldn’t share the meal (and bottle) with the others as I really wanted them to experience what I had the night before but sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to.
I arrived back at the hostel right before midnight and, shock of all shocks, no one was there.
This time I was kind of happy as I was tired and just wanted to go to bed plus I seriously was so done with Rome. For me, the big cities (Rome, Barcelona, Madrid) are not my cup of tea. I prefer the smaller cities and villages away from the swarms of tourists.
So, I just wanted to sleep knowing that when I awoke I would leave Rome behind and start a new adventure.