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Long Day, Delicious Ending

plus the usual technological snafu

sunny 32 °C

I've been working out of Gambero Rosso's Roma guide for food so far, and with great success. I woke up earlier than everyone this morning, having crashed earlier last night from the jet lag, and hit up a bakery for an apple torte and some cookies for breakfast -- twice as much as we needed, actually, for just 7 euros.

Today's litany of sites visited:

  • Hadrian's Tomb / Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Ara Pacis (Altar of Augustan Peace)
  • Augustus' Mausoleum
  • St. John Lateran
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Santa Maria at Trastevere

If you match these (in order) against a map, you can get an idea of the walking involved, though we took the Metro from the Piazza di Spagna to St. John Lateran.

After stopping home to shower (temps over 90) and rest, we headed to Trattoria degli Amici nearby, again out of the Gambero Rosso guide. Fantastic stuff, from the Tonarelli alle Vongole (square spaghetti with tiny sweet clams) to the Zuppa di Ceci (Julie's order of chickpea soup) to the Linguine alla Bolognese Allie and Dave had. Besides being delicious, the restaurant is also a project to help employ mentally disable people in the area, so all the courses we had brought out were for a good cause.

I put some pictures on the iPod to upload, but the computer here can't read it. So much for that. Tomorrow I will try to get that figured out and get some up here. Until then.

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We're All Here

plus: the task-master cracks skulls on opening day

sunny 29 °C

I made in this morning, a little more than 48 hours after the rest of the family, and it seems that Debra has been true to form, the family having so far been through...

  • St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum
  • The Pantheon
  • The Spanish Steps
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Colosseum
  • The Palatine Hill
  • Church and Archaeological site at San Clemente

Current gelato count stands at five cones - I personally have only had one, a very decent pistachio.

We caught the end of the Italy-Australia World Cup Round of 16 match back at the apartment today, with 10-man Italy (this keeps happening) winning on a Totti penalty kick in stoppage time. The city is in a correspondingly happy mood, with lots of flags and horn honking on evidence.

More to come tomorrow, including some pictures.

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Itinerary

semi-overcast 29 °C

Welcome to the Millers' travel blog for our vacation to Italy in June and July 2006. We will be spending the week of June 24th-July 1 in Trastevere, Rome, and the week of July 1-8 in Sorrento, near Naples.

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