21 Nov Rome
JoAnn hit the Web a few months ago to snag us a great deal for two nights at the Arena House on Via Marco Aurelio, just two blocks away from the Colosseum. The bathroom had a leak and the drapes fell down when we tried to close them shut, but all in all, considering the location and price, it was an excellent choice. Plus, the managers were very friendly and we got a free breakfast at a nearby bakery.
We met up with cousin Dino and his family on our second day there. Dino, Helga, Roberta and Francesca were kind enough to let us pack into their Peugeot and take us on a quick tour of the city. We visited St. Peter’s Square, avoiding the long line to get into the Vatican museum; got a great view of the city from Garibaldi Square; and stood in wonderment at the artistry that is St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Best of all, we got to spend time with Dino and the family.