The flight from Dubai to Rome was uneventful ...watched another couple of movies. That certainly passes the time . I watched Anna Karinina & take my humble advise watch it. Different style but quite an "art movie" STUNNING . Bill & I then watched Hitchcock & Bill watched The Life Of Pi .now that's a Zkye pic.
Ok done the movies got to Rome walked straight to our hotel .Easy coz we've stayed here before. Bill did the usual hunt & gather ...cheese ,rolls & a bottle of Italian Red....all consumed by 6pm & we slept ,woke up a coupe of times then slept through till 7am.Wow !
So what did Roma The Eternal City have in store for us today? Firstly superb weather sun shine & at least 20 degrees . Can't complain ...
We have been to Roma a couple of times & never remembered to pre book for the Borghese Gallery .This time I did it. Our booking was for 11 am so we had an easy walk to the Borghese Gardens . No trouble finding them been there before but just not the Galleria. No one can help heeding the call of the ravishing Villa Borghese baroque park. What a unique area right in the heart of Rome.
Well thanks Cardinal Scipione Borghese what a treat we had in your amazing Galleria . It is said that if you only see one gallery in Roma make it this one.. We spent a very happy couple of hours oooing at the numerous Caravaggio's ,sculptures , mosaics etc etc.
We made a decision some years ago that we will not retrace our steps & always have to see different things so no Vatican City ,St Peters Basilica or Roman Forum . We decided to take a walk down to a different part of The Tiber...we had lunch in the area around Piazza del Popolo ..pretty cool now but used to be the site of public beheadings for centuries.
The river is extremely fast flowing at the moment so was interesting to see a lot of rowers gamely heading downstream . Would have been interesting to see them all coming back upstream.
We walked & we walked stopped for coffee a couple of times & finally made it back to our hotel by 4.30 . Now that makes a total of seven & a half hours . Ok we did stop for lunch & 2 coffees but that would be perhaps an hour max. Methinks this has added up to nearly 11 k's according to my pedometer .Not a bad first day.