22.10.10 – Max and I are visiting Aunt Kim in Rome for the weekend. It’s a short stay so luckily the flight went without any problem. We were up by 0500, out the door by 0600, our flight left on time and we were in the Hassler Hotel shortly after noon. After a short break in our beautiful room (thanks to Kim and Steve!) we headed out to meet Kim and her friend Laura at the Piazza Navona to meet and have lunch.
We quickly made plans for the day. Kim’s friend Laura knew about an interesting spot Max would like, the Capuchin Crypt, located a couple of blocks from our hotel. The crypt isn’t the most popular site in Rome so the lines were short and the spot was well worth it. Four small chapels are filled with the bones of 4,000 friars nailed in intricate patterns as well as hanging from the ceilings as light fixtures. It was the perfect macabre spot to checkout. Max loved it and so did we. However Aunt Kim didn’t believe the “no photos” rule and got “86’d!” Luckily we all laughed about that and took it as the first of most likely a couple of funny stories we would have about the weekend. Way to set the theme Kim!
The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to make our way to the Coliseum and Roman Forum. Luckily we were lost and we soon looked like most of the other people around us on the street, huddled in our group of four looking at the map. Max and Laura took on the roles of leaders of our Amazing Race through Rome. We made it there with only a few wrong turns and hey, if you ask me, getting lost is the best part of travelling. Wandering the streets is usually the most fun and Rome does not disappoint when you are wandering aimlessly. We even managed to pay our dues at the Trevi Fountain 😉
Wandering aimlessly however takes a toll. By the time we arrived at the Coliseum we were all pretty beat and I knew Max was probably at the sensory overload stage so pushing on would have been counter productive. We caught a cab back to the hotel to recharge, literally, my iPhone battery was low!
Kim and Laura were fighting jet lag and wisely decided on turning in for the evening. Max and I headed out for dinner but even then we were pooped and just tried to find something quick so we could get back to the room and unwind. We wanted to rest up so we could make the most of tomorrow 😉
- 15 Free Things to See in Rome (hotelclub.com)
- The triumph of Death: the mummified monks of Rome’s Capuchin Crypt (gadling.com)
- The Grand Tour: Sweet life in the Eternal City (thestar.com)