Arriving in Rome we firstly had trouble finding the car rental drop off place - a truck was parked in the way of the street entry and of course we missed it and then we were faced with one streets. Finally made it and the europcar attendant was very pleasant and rang us a axi it get to our accommodation near Piazza Narvona. Unfortunately our taxi driver had attitude and we had a hair raising ride to our B&B. Yes I realise there are a lot of mad drivers in Rome but this taxi driver - wow. Anyway we survived and were dropped at one end of our street so dragged our large luggage up and down looking for our accommodation. I will do a review of the accommodation later but for now let's say what we had booked had been changed and required 2 flights of stairs. So our arrival in Rome (our 2nd time) was rather stressful. Not being the type to let this spoil the rst of the day, we headed out and decided to do a hoho bus to take the stress out of having to think about the rst of the day. Not so - the 5 min walk to the Stop, as indicated by the seller turned into 20 and then we could see the Coliseum in the distance which was where we were going to get off. So we walked the rst of the way. We hasn't planned to go in just to let our friends see it. We did however decide to do the underground tour so rang the number and were able to book for two days later - you are able to pick up tickets from reservation desk inside the Coliseum - no need to wait n the queue, just ask one of the assistants and they show you where to go.
We then got on the hoho bus and went to St peters where again we weren't planning on going in just showing our frends- but there was no queue so we decided to go in. We went through the security check point first then when we got to the next point a guy was looking at me shaking his had when I suddenly remembered you need your shoulders covered. For 3 weeks we had been travelling I had carried a cardigan or light jacket in my bag "just in case" - but not today . So another plan foiled. Rome was proving to be hard work.
Day 2 we decided to do a free walking tour which my daughter had suggested. It starts at the Spanish steps and finishes at St Peters. It was quite good except it was very difficult to understand with the
guide's strong accent. It takes 2 hours. As we ended at StP I thought I would like to do the Sistine chapel as we had missed doing that on our previous visit to Rome. I confirmed with the guide on where we ad to go for that and was glad because she pointed us in a different direction to what I was thinking. Yes you guessed it that was the wrong way - so we walked from one side of the square then had to go back that way again( the q to StP was assive), so then I was worred the whole walk that the q to SC would be huge. Finally something going our way - no q and a great visit o the museum an h Chapel. Amazing, although crowded. I also can't believe how disrespectful peoplrpe can be, having been given instructions on no photos and silence- no one Takes any notice?
Anyway, my friend and I decided to follow ths with some much awaited shopping. Our husbands bailed. By the end Of the day we had walked a total of 6+ hours and archly had the energy to make it up those 2 flights of stairs.
Day 3- still having heavy legs from previous day, we decided to use our hoho tickets. It doesn't take long to be over the hoho bus - we were on the first bus and even though there was little traffic- it had to wait at every stop because it was ahead of time. We got off at piazza Venezia and wandered aroun the Roman forum ruins - it was quite hot today so really hard to push yourself. We found a non tourist pace to have lunch before our underground tour at the Coliseum. We had a great guide and I thoroughly recommend the tour. We were so exhausted and hot after the tour we decided to had back for a siesta before finishing our short stay tonight in Rome. Rome is interesting and so much to see - but it is hard work!!