Last full day in Rome, for now, anyway. We will certainly return by train a couple of times while we are in Umbria. I want to see the gardens later in Spring.
For now, we will hop the train north tomorrow morning, and we are excited. Jet lag is pretty much over, and we are feeling like we are on terra firma here in Italy. It gets easier every year.
But today, we woke to thunder, lightning and hail…..
|Rain..by the buckets full.|
View from our window this morning..wow!
It was just the excuse we needed to stay in bed late and just chill for a couple of hours. After showers, and another check of the weather, we took a chance and headed out on foot.
So glad we did! Despite getting caught in a few downpours, we had a perfect last day in Rome, with stops in Campo dè Fiori and Piazza Navona, and a a visit to a wonderful exhibition of Toulouse Lautrec lithographs at the Peace Monument. Whew.
We also had an early lunch of spectacular Roman street food, which I will post about soon.
In the meantime, here are some moments from today…shot between the passing rain storms...
|One of the finest examples of local street art we've seen...|
|More street art…from a different era.|
|A hidden corner of Rome.|
|Purple and yellow carrots like I've never seen before!|
|Campo dè Fiori colors.|
|More from Campo dè Fiori|
So nice to rest a while with a glass of proseco in Piazza Navona. There are chestnut vendors all over town still. Nice.
|Johnny had to have a 'cone' of warm chestnuts. Why not?|
|Sun and clouds made for some nice photo opportunities.|
|Looking just a tad exhausted, but really most content.|
|Johnny 'reflects' on the scene.|
I'm not kidding, we must be walking miles and miles every day here. I keep threatening to get one of those mile counter thingys to wear, just to see how far we do go.
Today, right before the skies opened up for a real drencher, we passed by the Vatican.
|I like to refer to it as "St. Pete's".|
So it shall be. For us, anyway.
Good old St. Pete's.
That last hour, around five or so, we got totally soaked. Thank god it wasn't really cold or windy. Just major rain, some fantastic lightening and thunder, and us…like two wet cats, trudging home.
After changing out of our wet clothes, we needed to bring it down a notch, so we ended our day enjoying ourselves at the local bar, playing dominoes, having a bite to eat and some good wine, and relaxing with the folks we've met there this week.
Beautiful. Thanks, Rome. We'll see you soon!
|Oops..almost forgot our umbrellas!|