My first day in Rome was really enjoyable. I explored the whole city from early in the day until late at night. I woke up around 06:40 and decided to start the day with a walk around the neighbourhood. There was a nearby market that I walked to but they weren’t fully open yet. Still I could browse through and see all the fresh produce, meat, and seafood the vendors were preparing to sell for the day; lots of nice looking things, and strongly Italian. I was laughing to myself as I passed by one employee getting fired up over a likely small dispute, kicking over empty boxes, yelling at his boss while waving his hands all over the place. Meanwhile his boss just smiled at the situation. Just like something I’d see in an old Italian movie!
Eventually I made my way to a small deli & bakery to have a quick breakfast before heading off to meet my tour group. I had a nice piece of fresh pizza, I think it was zucchini & cheese.
The bike tour was one I had booked a few weeks in advance, the company which I found highly recommended on TripAdvisor.com The tour I selected was called “Rome in a Day”, which I thought would be perfect for my inaugural experience in the famous city. The tour was 7 hours long and we biked around 25 km. My group consisted of three American couples plus me. Our guide Emmanuele took us to all the major sites around the city and gave brief descriptions of each place along the way. We also stopped for a nice Italian lunch which consisted of some tasty appetizer and a couple of types of pasta.
My favourite site was probably the Pantheon. Such incredible architecture. And the Colosseum, of course, was amazing to see up close and in person! There are beautiful views in every direction in the city, all backed by impressive history, one can only find in such a legendary place.
I’d love to keep writing and posting more photos, but it’s getting late and my batteries are getting low, both literally & figuratively. I’m currently in San Vito Lo Capo on the island of Sicily. I’ve got a few days to catch up on, but first—sleep!