Tuscany to Rome.
12.06.2011 - 13.06.2011 31 °C
Sunday morning we said our goodbyes to our home for the last week as well as purchasng some olive oil from Mara and Franco. Mara slipped Kenzie 5 euros for gelato on the way.
On the way we stopped at Siena a walled town. Parking was easy and we road the large escalators to the centre of the town. The town was very nice with a large Dome and Cathedral also a very nice central area. The kids enjoyed looking for the pictures on the walls for the different areas of the city (of course the turtle one was Kenzies favourite). We purchased a nice lunch in a bakery and sat infront of the dome and bell tower in the shade it was really nice watching other tourist sketching the tower they were very skilled.
After Siena we drove to Perugia for a night stop over, this is were the nightmare of a badly mapped area on the GPS started. The hotel was extremely hard to find and the GPS that had guided us so brilliantly so far was of no help at all, it had no ideea of the strets of Perugia. Luckily the kids spotted our hotel on a back street as we drove past. Other people on reviews had said it was hard to find but in honesty if they had some signs it would help. We checked in and the nightmare continued, I placed my wallet in the safe in the room as we were carrying quite a few euros for Rome, when I shut the door it said error and would'nt open again, a trip to reception and the guy said he did'nt know we would have to wait till the next day, I told him no good as we wanted to get dinner, about an hour later and 20 different master keys and lots of phone calls he finally got it open. The hotel was really quite nice but Perugia did'nt like us. We enjoyed a really nice breakfast at the hotel before heading to our Rome apartment.
Rome has a reputation of being the worst city in the world to drive in, I did'nt find it to bad just that everyone drives everywhere, whenever they want you just need to go with the flow.
Our apartment in a residential area of Rome about 20 minutes from the centro is very nice a home away from home all the mod cons, more than home to be honest. Gino the owner was also helpful with maps and local knowledge. Upon arrival we unpacked and looked for a car park which was fairly hard, to leave the car in for 3 days as we were to purchase BIT Tourist 3 days passes for local transport (11 euro each).
After settling in we ventured into the city on the metro which was great we managed to see in an afternoon, the Turtle Fountain, the Trevi Fountain and The Pantheon, the kids enjoyed all and the place was'nt packed.
We also manage dto squeeze in a Gelato which the kids love and it has become a bit of a afternnon ritual, there favlourites are, lemon, strawberry, melon, pink grapefruit and for mke yogurt is really nice.
We arrive back at the apartment about 6.45 pm with Pizza in hand for dinner and the kids watched a DVD while Janine planned the next day in Rome.
Oh yea one other thing it's EXTREMELY HOT 31 degrees F yesterday and about the same for today by the looks.