Day 2: Ancient Rome and Bella Bambini

We were supposed to wake up early, and head for the Colloseum to avoid the crowds. Appa and I woke up – realised that it was a little too late for breakfast. Neither of us had a watch, and no clue about the time, but the strong sun outside was a hint. Appa went down to ask – turned out it was past noon! Anyway, we felt sufficiently guilty for having slept so long, and packed N hurriedly into her backpack, and trudged off to discover Ancient Rome. The Rome of Julius Caesar, gladiators, Asterix ūüôā¬†that list kind of shows you¬†my extensive knowledge of the ancient roman empire.¬†Oh, and yes, lets not forget¬†“Friends, Roman, Countrymen” and¬†“Et Tu Brutus”.

The Colloseum¬†deserved all the fame it gets – a massive structure,¬†that housed¬†as many people as a modern stadium ( 60,000 they say!).¬†The Forum had so many preserved structures –¬†one¬†could start imaginging the place actually¬†thriving with the¬†Senators going about with their noses in the air, with the orators standing on the raised pedestal airing their opinions, and the¬†common folk walking about in their Togas (¬†a doubt that I¬†have been harboring though: why are all the statues sans clothing?)

Late in the evening we walked about the Capitoline Hill ( there,s a capitol hill here too, not just in Seattle, heh heh). It was beautiful! See the pics.

We managed to get back by public transportation ( bus and metro). Good show!!

N was the star of the day today. Everywhere we went, people played with her Рcalled her Amore. And of course, BElla Bambini. N had a field time winning all the waitresses hearts. And she topped the night off with a Gelato she refused to share with us.

As for Appapappa and I, we topped our night off with “un carafe de vino casa”.¬†

Tomorrow, we are off to see the Pope.¬†I have to share this one thing from the Rick Steves book: apparently,¬†a tour guide was asked by an American¬†Tourist: ” Is the Pope Catholic”.. Duh duh duh..

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4 thoughts on “Day 2: Ancient Rome and Bella Bambini

  1. Lost on the street October 8, 2008 / 10:12 pm

    where are the pics??? have fun…90% of bhagawati family in shillong, 5% in bangalore ,3% in rome and me all alone in mumbai ūüė¶ please kiss and italian guy for me- the only time i had a chance to do that the guy turned out to be gay ūüė¶

  2. BD October 10, 2008 / 11:05 am

    Togas were more like the attire of the elites

    Bibo ergo sum!
    -B

  3. kopili October 11, 2008 / 8:45 am

    I wish.. on the Italian guy part… sigh..

  4. Jennifer October 11, 2008 / 10:50 pm

    Sounds really fun! Thanks for sharing!

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