We pre-purchased our tickets for the train from Florence to Rome prior to our trip so we could ensure it was set and organized. Upon getting ready for the day we realized the train was departing an HOUR earlier than we thought. We assumed we’d miss that train (set to leave in about 30 minutes) because we still had to check out of our hotel and the train station was about a 15 minute walk. Much to our surprise the train was delayed 5 minutes and was departing as we walked up. We scurried on to the train, luggage and all as the doors were closing again! So lucky!
Once we got to Rome we set out to find the Metro Station to take about 4 stops to our hotel (about a half mile). Well, today was sure full of surprises – the Metro was closed due to a strike! As a result, the taxi line was basically around the block (and taxi prices were hiked based on the high demand). So what do you do?! Well, our luggage got quite acquainted with Rome’s cobblestone streets as we decided to walk! Mike was a gentleman as usual, took one of my bags. I’m so spoiled, right?
It took a while and we were sweating bullets by the time we reached our hotel – on top of the Spanish Steps! It is a beautifully located hotel and our room even has a private patio!
After eating lunch, we set out to explore seeing the Pantheon as well at the Piazza Navona and of course Trinita dei Monti (right outside our hotel). We are excited to do both the Vatican and The Colosseo tomorrow! Blogging and bed time for us!