Last Day Reflections

 

Have had a fantastic 3 days in Rome.  Walked my feet off, leaned against every available wall to rest on tour, sweated and moaned…. but…. had a stupendous time and would do it all again, maybe not tomorrow, but next week for sure!

Today, I got packed up, said sad farewells to Fran and everyone and my taxi came at 945 to take me to Termini Station where I would be the Leonardo Express train to Fiumicino airport.  Nice taxi, 10e with tip for the journey and pleased to see that the railway station was quite civilised and not the total madhouse it can be.  The LE train leaves from either platform 23 or 24 and you can buy tickets in lots of places including the bookshop right by the platform  It was 14e for the trip which took 35 minutes.  If there’s only one of you it’s the most pleasant and economic way to go.  The coach is a bit of a crush and not much cheaper.  This brought me right to the terminal.

Checked through and am now having a belated snack in one of the café airside before my BA flight at 1255.

Rome is just a fabulous city to spend time in.  Its a place where you be as busy as crazy running round to see all the very many sights but its also a place where you can wander the little streets, find a deserted piazza, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by with your book.  I never one felt unsafe, even walking back at night. And there are so many places to eat.  My advice is always to do a bit of research on eateries before you go and try and stay away from the main tourist sightseeing areas, or at least a couple of streets back.  We didn’t have a bad meal and the prices were very reasonable at least by London standards.  I don’t know what my pasta carbonara liberally covered in shavings of black truffle would have cost in London, certainly not the 13e it cost 5 minutes walk from the Colosseum.

Can’t wait to come back again.  There’s still so much to see.

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