A quick post from an internet cafe in Roma. Things have been great so far, our apartment that we rented here in Rome is about a block from the Pantheon, two blocks from the Piazza Navona and a few blocks from the Trevi fountain. It's really within walking distance of just about everything here. Today we walked down to the Colliseum, decided not to brave the hordes there, but instead we headed up the Palatine Hill and enjoyed the break from the noise of dowtown Rome to stroll among the Cyprus trees and ancient ruins. Despite the crush of people below, it felt very peaceful up there and the kids could run and look over everything, taking as much time as they wanted to.
After that, we headed to the Fora Romana and all of the wonderful ruins. We also spent some time at the museum and great building surrounding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier here. Then it was some grocery shopping, home for dinner and a nice break, the kids played with the games and stuff they brought, and I took a short nap. This evening we got some gelato (of course!), the gelateria in a little side street near our apartment has to be the best in Rome. It's amazing stuff. Then a little evening stroll to the Trevi Fountain, and then a stop here in an internet cafe. Thus ends our first day in Rome.
Ciao, and I will try to update whenever I can!