11.09.2008 - 18.09.2008 24 °C
Well we were warned about just how dirty Rome actually is on the bus into the camping ground ( a 10 hour bus ride...not so fun!) and they were definately right. Maybe because the camping ground was located in the ghettos of Rome, the place was covered in graffiti and it was so so dirty. BUT...there really is no denying just how impressive Rome is! I couldnt believe it when I came out of the metro station and didnt even have to adjust my head height - I just came face to face with the Colosseum, its was incredible.
I took a long long walkin tour (very worth it bcoz i found rome a bit confusing to navigate around by myself) which covered off the Pantheon, Piazza di Venezia, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill and a fair few other spots around the city too...with background info that made it all that bit more relevant. Theres even a cat sanctuary in the middle of the old ruins of the city and some ladies are actually paid to look after them and feed them...keep em happy in general - I swear cats run this bloody city!
Another day I spent about 2 hours in line for the Vatican museums which again, were well worth the time in the queue and the money to get into it as well. The Sistine Chapel alone would have been worth waiting 8 hours in a line for, it was BEAUTIFUL!! I didnt know where to look and managed to annoy plenty of people by stepping on their heels while i was staring up at the ceiling frescoes, amazed.
The camping ground was really cool to stay at, felt really homely because it reminded me so much of the old family holidays staying in the safari tents at the camping ground (far from rough-it camping!!) but 8 days was probably a bit too long to stay in one place, even Rome. And CATS...they were everywhere!! I would be sitting at the computeres catching up on emails to people and a cat who lived at reception and pretty much ran the place (big fat one like Astro in fact!!) would just walk over to my computer and lay its fat self all over the keyboard making it impossible to type. And it was also impossible to move it because clearly it does the rounds of the camp grounds every night being fed by every single person judging by its massive belly! Very cute though :-)
And after having stayed at the camping ground so long in Rome to join onto the Italian Explorer trip I sleep through my alarm for the first time since I was about 7 years old and manage to almost miss the bus completely...not a fun morning but the trip around the amalfi coast was one i was NOT missing!!