“Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.”
— Sir Walter Scott
My sentiments exactly! Although, I have to admit that I had been to Rome before my visit this winter. The first time I saw Rome in all its summer glory was several years ago. But I feel that was a very touristy visit, standing in long queues to enter the Vatican City, following the guide book, etc. This time I decided to stay with a dear friend of mine. She’s Italian and her family is from Rome. You can imagine my delight at getting a personal tour of the city from its locals. We walked on cobbled stones, had morning cappuccini, visited the Forum, Vittorio Emanuele II monument, went boating on a lake (picture in the next post), caught the golden sunset on Piazza di Spagna, saw the ugly statue of the Baboon (an unfortunate tale, really) and ended the day with seeing a marching band in Piazza del Popolo. My trip didn’t end here, though I’ll end this blog post here. More places and stories on the next one!