Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day Three The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon

The plan for the day was to take the bus to the colosseum then walk through the Forum and see the sights around there and then walk to the Pantheon and then back to the apartment.
Change of plans: we noticed that the police were not letting traffic down our street so we walked toward the colosseum. When we got to the Victor Emmanuel we noticed a crowd and police in riot gear. We were in the middle of a "student manifestation" as one policeman put it. They were marching up the street from the colosseum. I must say they were quiet orderly. All through central Rome streets were blocked off by the police so the students couldn't get to the Parliment building. We walked down the street and to the colosseum which was not crowded because tour busses couldn't get there.

Police in front of Victor Emmanuel monument.

Students marching.

The colosseum
It started to rain while we were in the colosseum. We left there and went across the street and up the hill and had lunch. After lunch it was raining even harder and buses were impossible to catch. They were just jammed with students, so we walked to the Pantheon.

Sara and I inside the Pantheon.

Scuptler over Raphael's grave.

After the Pantheon we walked to Piazza Navona and had dinner in a restaurant recommended by Rick Steves right off the piazza named Cul de Sac. Excellent food and very good wine.
Walked home after dinner in the rain. When we got back to the apartment my shoes squished and my pants were wet up to my knees. All in all with the rain and the student manifestation, it was a real fun day. There is no way you can plan to be in Roma when the students are going to protest. Great time

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