Brevity is not my strong suit. I apologize in advance and must warn you away from this post if the length will cause you aggravation. With this said, I include information about both past experiences, and future inclinations, with the hope that I may receive advice that is more tailored to an upcoming return/second trip to Italy.
Okay, so we did the whole "make a wish and throw a coin over the shoulder into the fountain ritual" and wondered if this would indeed guaranty a return to Rome. Well, it worked! But life seems so much crazier these days and I have had a super tough time of planning the trip this go round. I have only just recently finished with the planning of the transportation, connections, hotels etc for this trip. My wife and I have multiple stops....Rome is the first.
The problem is largely that I'm overwhelmed and senile. I can't remember many of the details from 5 years ago. I can't remember the names of all of the churches (which is instructional itself)...but I do remember loving Rome...and having some favorites. I apologize in advance for any misspellings.
I especially loved ancient Rome. We took a Context tour through the Palatine Hill and into the Forum, We visited the Capitoline Museum, The Pantheon, the piazza where the cats hang out, Piazza Venezia....loved the typewriter/wedding cake. Mussolini made a mistake but it is gorgeous! We visited the Colloseum during the Context tour as well. I vowed we would spend more time in Ancient Rome on return and want to spend at least two days dedicated to these types of site. Btw...we visited ancient apartments under a church near the Colloseum...but don't remember the name? I must say that I did not get enough time in the Forum and think a self guided tour might be best for this time around. We might want to take a different approach to the Colloseum (underground or night tour?) And we may want to visit Trajans Market as this was something being worked on during our last visit. We also saw the Vatican/Vatican Museum with Eden Walks...and took the Scavi tour under St. Peters... which was awesome! All the tour operators were great! We also visited numerous piazza's including Piazza del Popolo....and the Spanish Steps. Oh, and we visited the Protestant Cemetary....and looked at historical monuments. And of course the streets and fountains of Rome....Trastevere....and I'm sure other places I can't recall at the moment.
So the question is...where should I begin to plan? What do I do? Okay....so I know this is crazy to ask....but I thought I would put it out there....boldly and see if I get a response...some initial feedback. Something I haven't considered or some plain good advice.
What I'm thinking about is this....we have 5 days/ 6 nights in Rome. (and then two more nights at the end of the trip)
Some initial thoughts would include return visits to Piazza Venezia, The Campidoglio...Palatine Hill, The Forum, The Colloseum (again...perhaps for a night or underground tour)and perhaps a return to the Vatican.(although I think we may skip it this time) We are also likely to want to see new sites such as the National Museum or historic residence. We may want to get out and see the other hills of Rome, perhaps make a visit to the Aurelian Way?...to get a feel for the road, see what remains of an aqueduct. (I believe there is an aqueduct park?) Oh...and maybe see the catacombs? My wife loves anything to do with death/medicine.... and I like Gelato! LOL If I could take her somewhere that was pertinent to autopsies as during the Renaissance....she would be very excited!
So this time around I think we will want to experience more of Rome outside of churches and museums. Perhaps find a part of town to live in when we retire (just checking to see if you are awake)
We love fountains, ancient structures and the food! I had even thought we might do a food class at some point while in Italy....but think this is more likely to happen when we are in Emila Romagna or Umbria. Oh, and I feel we missed out on some of the more simple things about life in Rome....like the passeggiata....or a visit to an outdoor early in the day market. We only had one walk in Campo di Fiore... at night...but it was so nice..the ambiance....the.interaction with the merchants in the street....really something we will try to do again. We want to take in more of the local culture and would like ideas in line with these great experiences. Btw....I read taking in a futbol game between Roma and Lazio can be a great experience.
So that's a major dump of information! I hope if you're still with me and that you can offer up some advice. I'm sure there isl something that we have not considered. Perhaps there is something slightly off the beaten path?
I really need to work on this as our arrival in Rome is soon. With about 6 weeks to plan a month long trip I'm getting nervous..more with each passing day. .