Italian Adventure: Rome & My Twenty-First Birthday
Rome. It's a city that has been around for over two thousand years. It has seen the rise and fall of one of of the world's greatest empires. It was at one time the center of the commercial and cultural world.
And it's a place I've always dreamed of visiting. I love the idea of ancient Rome. I that it is a city I read about in the Bible. One of my favorite series of novels is set in the city.
So after Florence, I made my way to Rome. That Sunday was a lazy day. After a late breakfast at a Florentine cafe, I hung out in the train station until around noon. Then it was an hour and a half trip to The Eternal City. Upon arrival, I checked into my hostel and got acquainted with my New Zealand dorm mates. Later that evening, my friend, Michael arrived from the airport and we went out to grab a quick bit for dinner. We ate a delicious lasagna! Perfectly Italian. Then we caught up and traded stories about our respective travels.
The next day was my birthday!
First on the agenda, the Colosseum! On our way across town, we stumbled into to Italian version of the tomb of the unknown solider.
|Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Solider|
|Remains of Ancient Rome|
|Floor plans for public library.|
After we finished the exhibit we walked out onto the middle level of the Colosseum. Wow! It is massive! In its original condition it could seat around 70,000 people!
|I'm standing inside the Colosseum!|
|A tunnel road.|
|Flowers to represent water in a pool.|
|Old floor tiles|
I got to talk to my family during a short stop and then Michael gave me his birthday present! One of my closest friends from my first semester, Kajsa, flew all the way down from Sweden to celebrate my birthday with me! It was the best surprise I could have asked for. Michael arranged it all and I couldn't have been happier. The three of us enjoyed a delicious Italian meal complete with tiramisu for birthday dessert!
I'm not sure I could have planned a more perfect birthday!
The next day, my final one in Rome, we walked around and visited the Spanish steps, Trevi fountain (also under restoration), and the Vatican City.
Soon I was on a plane home. My twenty-first birthday adventure might be over but it's definitely a week of memories I will cherish for years to come!