Our day in Rome started with a panoramic tour (a.k.a. a bus ride around the city to glance at many of the beautiful, historic sites.) Since tour buses aren’t allowed in many places, this approach left us a bit frustrated to say the least, because we missed many of Rome’s highlights. But here are a few pictures we managed to take from the bus.
When our guide dropped us off at Saint Peter’s Square, our first inclination was to make a mad dash around Rome to be sure we didn’t miss anything. That would have been an exercise in futility, since it was already 97° and our time was very limited.
Then we remembered the cappuccino we enjoyed at Saint Eustachio Il Caffe many years ago. We decided that taking a coffee break at our favorite sidewalk cafe would be much more Roman than rushing around trying to check off boxes on a tour map. So armed with Google Maps, we set off to find Saint Eustachio’s, snapping photos of a few interesting sites along the way.
After a brisk 20 minute walk, our efforts were rewarded, and for the next hour we sat in the shaded plaza in front of the coffee shop sipping the most delicious drinks while nibbling on small pastries and chatting with a delightful young couple from Copenhagen.
As we made our way back to Civitavecchia, the port serving Rome, we were happy to have made the decision to “do as the Romans do” by taking a mid-day break to smell (and drink!) the coffee.