Our train ride from Cinque Terre took us past the extraordinary marble quarries of Carrara and allowed us to stop in Pisa for a few hors. We had not planned to stay in Pisa for long because we'd read so many reviews saying there was not much there. That was NOT the case! On our arrival in Rome we caught a taxi rom the train station to our apartment. Our driver was nothing short of crazy and was too tall to see out the windscreen without ducking down. We sat terrified in the back seat as he swore at all the other drivers at the road and ducked around the traffic. Thank goodness we did arrive safely and laghed ourself silly about the whole experience on our way to the apartment.
We stayed in near Camp de Fiori which was a great place to purchase vegetables, fruit and cheese during the day and a great place to dine at night which meant that we bouught stuff that we never used because we were too tempted to eat out each night! We were only 10 to 15 minutes away from the major sights and we walked every day for hours! It was nice to have a few extra days here so we could take our time and relax a little more. Of course we saw the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum (where we took a guided tour that was terrific), the Forum, Circus Maximus, etc, etc. We spent the entire last day watching the Natale de Roma festivities celebrating Rome's birthday. There was a long parade in the morning and then performances in the afternoon.
At the end of this segment of our trip we said "arrivederci" to our travel companions Heather and Shayne as we left to return to Turkey.
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