I booked hotels and flights feeling very pleased with myself that I had chosen a hotel equidistant from all the sights and flights that were at reasonable times. What I had not done was check the climate. O stupidity! Rome in July is like walking into a furnace. Whatever possessed me to book a break in Rome in July? Even the Romans leave Rome in July! What was I thinking?
To say it was hot was an understatement. The average midday temperature was about 37C. It only fell to about 25C at night. For a
There was one spooky moment, when we were sitting in a square and musing about Greg, when all of a sudden a street musician started to play a very old song which was one Greg used to strum on the guitar. It was a hair-raising moment.
Despite the intense heat, we packed a lot into 5 days. Here are some of the places we saw.
|Colosseum inside at 8.30am (to beat the heat and the crowds)|
|A lion I fought earlier|
|Trevi Fountain complete with scaffolding and no water!|
|St Peter's Basilica and Square (also at 8.30am- half an hour later, the queues were half a mile long)|
|San Giovanni in Laterano|
|Vatican - which one's the Pope's bedroom?|
|The Forum's bigger than you think|
|Somewhere to recharge the batteries|
|A beautiful city - from the Borghese Gardens|