Posted by: ilanasmith | July 18, 2007

Firenze e Roma

After the Cinque Terra, things got hot.  Unpleasantly so.  Florence and Rome are both fascinating cities, with amazing things to see, but my impressions are tempered by an overall sweaty feeling.
We did all the big sights.  Medici business and the Duomo in Florence; Pantheon, Vatican, Forum in Rome.  Through both luck and good management we waltzed past the lines for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Colliseum in Rome, and resisted Yammy’s suggestion that we go back to point and laugh at the other poor suckers.
Some highlights included the couple of great little restaurants we found near our B&B in Rome (including one that seemed to be a locals’ only place and our ordering needed to be single words and big gestures).
It turns out the discovery that your country’s Vatican embassy is the closest one to St Peter’s comes with a rather dashing song and dance number entitled “Who Does the Pope Love?”.  I have burst video.  I’d post it, but that would recklessly squander the blackmail opportunity.

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