It’s a luxury to return to a place a second time. Having familiarity with a place reduces the stress of learning the transportation system and locating things. Under less pressure to see as much as one can as fast as one can creates a more pleasurable experience. We were able to re-admire many places in passing – without standing in lines, paying admittance fees, and taking dozens of photos.
We re-admired the Colosseum from the outside this time.
This visit was a sequel to our 2010 visit to Rome. Today’s entry may make more sense if you read about our first visit and follow the link here: Buongiorno Roma!(At the conclusion of each blog post is both a backward arrow to the previous post and a forward arrow on the right to advance the story. Several posts prior to Rome are about the travel planning details and preparation for the big 2010 Dream Trip.)
Revisiting Rome’s Top Classical Sights
Eager to compare the Roman pizza to the Neapolitan pizza, we ate pizza several times. I can’t say that I prefer one over the other; I like their differences. In California I could eat at a different Mexican restaurant each day of the week and they would all taste different.
Discovering New (to us) Roman Sights
The planning of our first trip to Italy 5 years ago began with a reservation to tour the excavations under the basilica which was a highlight of that trip to Rome.
This time we were able to ascend to the Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica which we missed last time because the wait in line was several hours long.
As I have mentioned a few times in this blog, the Italians love their nativity cribs- or crèches – which they call a presepe or presepi (plural.) An annual holiday event in Rome is the Exhibition of 100 Presepi at the Piazza del Popolo displaying crèches from around the world. We were able to admire many of Rome’s churches presepi as well.
Ciao, dear Italy. Until next time… We are presently in Israel – The Holy Land where Christ was born.
Meet You in the Morning next time with photos from our visit to Istanbul.