Doing the sights in Rome, but loving Trastevere neighborhood...
ROME - Great overnight flight on Air Canada, arriving shortly before noon. And it only took 52 minutes for the first bags from our flight from Toronto to show up on the baggage carousel here in Rome. That's even worse than Pearson.
But at least it made it, and so did I. I was a touch nervous when I landed at the Roma Trastevere train station and the taxi driver had never heard of Residenza Santa Maria, which is in the Frommer's guide. But we found it okay, and it's a lovely, small hotel in a wonderful neighborhood. Great help at the front desk, too.
I'd never stayed over on this side of the Tiber (hence the name, Trastevere, over the Tiber), but I quite like the narrow streets, small cafes and shops and just the overall, relatively quiet feel. But it's only a 10-minute walk to the Forum.
Had a wonderful buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto pizza at a place called Cap Unto; a nice, family spot where the owner or managers' kids (maybe six years old?) were in charge of doling out change from my 20 Euro note. I think they got it wrong, but I didn't much care.
The Forum wasn't nearly as crowded as you'd expect in July, and up at the Palatine Hill it was almost empty. And on a perfect day, with a temperature around 28 and a nice breeze.
Gonna try some local spot tonight for a nice meal and a glass or two of Italian wine. I hear it's not bad.
Tomorrow heading to Ponza, an island about an hour and ten minutes by boat from Anzio. It's a spot a lot of Romans go, but apparently not many North Americans. But it looks quite pretty.
No time to do more. The adapter I bought at Pearson won't work in my hotel room and my battery's about dead. Talk to ya later....