Friday 11 AM
The plan was to go to the Pantheon this morning, but when we woke up it was raining pretty hard, so we decided to wait out the rain. So, here are some general travel tips for Rome:
– The subway system is crowded but fast – we’ve never waited more than 4 minutes for a train. It goes a lot of places but there is an old part of town it doesn’t go to (just east of the Tiber river), so you may want to get a bus map too.
– A Roma Pass is an excellent investment! You get unlimited public transportation for 3 days plus 2 free museum entries.
– Things are expensive – possibly even more expensive than in New York City.
– Meals, especially dinner, take a long time.
– Everywhere we’ve gone people have spoken at least a little English. I’m trying to work on my Italian but most of the time it’s not necessary.
– People park wherever they want. Traffic is kind of terrifying!
The rain stopped so we made our way to the Pantheon – very pretty!
It didn’t take as long as we thought to see it (it’s pretty small compared to museums), so we wandered over to Piazza Navona and then over to an Irish pub (with WiFi!) for lunch. It seemed authentic – I had a Guinness and there was rugby on the TV. Afterwards we came back to the hotel to play a game and rest.
We walked over to the Spanish Steps and sat and read for a bit, then headed over to a bar for dinner.
There’s a TV showing news in Italian at our nearby subway station, and the text at the bottom said “Texas” and the images were pictures of UT! Later we read there was a bomb threat. I was surprised it made the news all the way over here…
We were going to go see a movie again but apparently it’s dubbed in Italian so no dice. But, gelato later!
We stopped by a nearby video poker place and played a few rounds – it was a little confusing but we got the hang of it in time to lose 5 Euros.