I woke up early and decided to ride the metro. As I was walking down to the metro I found a coffee shop and ordered some coffee. To my surprise, I got about a teaspoon of coffee but that was about the strongest coffee I have ever had. I then caught the metro over the Colosseum. First time riding the metro was interesting but I made it. I walked out of the metro station and there it was, very cool! I went and got some breakfast before my tour and did a little shopping. The tour started just outside the Colosseum. It was skip the line, so I got to walk right into the Colosseum. I noticed a lot of holes in the structure. Apparently, I found out on our tour, in the middle ages, people drilled holes into the Colosseum to take out the metal that was in the structure. I was also very surprised how large it was, it was in my opinion larger than the UT stadium. Certainly much larger than I imagined. We then walked into the Colosseum like the gladiator would and walked all around it. After that tour we headed to the Forum. The Forum was interesting but of course since most of the building have been destroyed its hard to get an idea what it might have looked like. But, I did find it fun to walk down the streets like I was a Roman. The palace looked like it was amazing but of course it being in mainly ruins.. After the tour I headed to the Capitol Building built by Mussolini. It was beautiful and I had lunch on top. Then I headed to my next tour which started at the Spanish Steps. The tour was pretty good, we got to see most of the other important sites including the Parthenon and Trevy Fountain.
I flew into Rome on April 1 and caught the train to Naples from Rome. My flight came in on time at 7:50 and my train was at the downtown station at 9:00. Once I got downtown Rome I had to run to my train. I met a young Roman guy that helped me but he charged me an arm and a leg. You have to be careful of those people at the train stations…which I found out later. When I got to Naples I took a bus to Pompeii, Italy. The Bus Driver was a little crazy….that large of bus is not meant for the roads in Italy. When the Italians on the bus are scared than you should be too. I also learned how crazy the roads are and the way the motorcycles drive around the cars is psycho. I got to Pompeii train station and found out that Pompeii is not where the museum are. However, I found this great driver at the train station. He took me first to almost the top of Vesuvius. There, I got out of the car, and walked about half way to the top. I was a little concerned to leave my stuff in the car, so I went back down. There I purchased a cool geode from gift shop, see the picture. Then the driver took me to a winery for lunch. There for 25E I got a full course Italian traditional meal and 4 glasses of wine. And, the view was beautiful! In fact, later on a purchased a painting to remind me of that experience. After the great meal, I went down to Herculaneum to see a city covered by the Volcano. The pompeii musuem was closed on Mondays. Then I got on the train and went to Rome. I caught a taxi at the train station and found my hotel, Comic Book. Met an Italian boy there that wanted to be a judge. And, we had dinner. Then I came back and went to sleep.
Note: You have to catch a train from the airport to Rome, then Rome to Naples.