13.11.2011 - 13.11.2011
It was another early morning in Rome on Sunday and I was finally going to see the Colosseum! We met Tess again for breakfast. This time I got a pastry filled with strawberry jam and some sort of cheese (might have been a mix between ricotta/cream cheese, I am not sure). It was unbelievable! I also had a cappuccino again. This time they put cocoa powder on the cappuccino. It was really delicious. I also tried some of Tess’ donut filled with nutella. Amazinggg! Kaitlyn and I then headed over to the Colosseum and the Foro Romano (Roman forum). We were told by Tess to go to the Foro Romano first and get a dual ticket to both the Foro and the Colosseum so that we could skip the line at the Colosseum, and thank god she told us that. The Foro Romano is where Rome was originally settled. There are tons of ancient ruins everywhere. There was a necropolis (cemetery) and there were tons of ruins which they have discovered to be houses and churches. It was really, really cool. I am such a history nerd, so I obviously loved walking around ruins which were over 2000 years old. We then walked over to the Colosseum. It was even better in the day. Definitely my favorite part about Rome. The sky was perfectly blue, there was green grass in front of it, and it just looked beautiful. We were able to completely skip the line (which was now winding half way around the Colosseum and was probably at least a two hour wait to get in). We walked in within three minutes of getting there. The inside was very cool. There were still seats intact and you could see where the stairs were. The center part had a maze type look to it. I am not sure how gladiator games went, but I’m sure it would have been pretty cool to have experienced a show in the Colosseum (maybe minus the murdering of another human being, which is why it was eventually outlawed once Christianity began getting popular in the early centuries.) The Colosseum could hold between 50,000 and 70,000 spectators! Which wasn’t even 1/10 of the population at that time. Rome was the first city in the world to reach one million people and it was in the first century AD. The next city to reach one million was London, in 1890! Back to the Colosseum, so we walked around it for a little while longer and then we were meeting up with Tess to get the “best tiramisu in Italy.”
We found the tiramisu place and it was called Pompi. I tried the original and the banana, dark chocolate with nutella. They were both amazing, but the original was unreal. I don’t think I had ever eaten tiramisu and now I probably won’t be able to because this restaurant set my standards too high. After finishing dessert, Kaitlyn and I went to get another sandwich from a little deli. It was not as good as Volpetti (which we got the first day) but it was still amazing. Then we made our way over to Gioliti’s. The best gelato place in all of Italy. For 2.50 euro I was able to get three scoops of ice cream plus whipped cream. I decided on chocolate fondante (dark chocolate) vanilla and raspberry. IT WAS AMAZING. The dark chocolate was maybe one of the best things I have ever tasted in my entire life. Nothing will ever beat it. Gioliti’s, you rock!
We had only a few more hours to kill before we needed to head to the airport for our flight back to Barcelona. We decided to go shopping! What better place than to go shopping in Italy. I ended up spontaneously buying an Italian leather bag. It is green (I am on a green kick lately, purse, just bought a pair of green pants). I love it so much and I definitely look cool and eurochic wearing it.
We then headed back to our hotel, where we reluctantly repacked our bags to fly home. We made it in plenty of time and waited around in the swamped airport. We had the last flight of the night. I was sad to leave Rome because I loved it so much. I really hope that the next time I make it back is before I take a family vacation there with my kids. Hopefully, the one coin I tossed into the Trevi fountain will work its magic and send me back there soon. I absolutely loved everything about Rome and it is definitely one of my top favorite cities in Europe, if not my favorite. CIAO BELLA ROMAAA!