Rome

Image credit: George Pearman

Rome

Haircut Update: I needed one before going on this trip, and haven’t gotten one since. I don’t know how to manage my hair anymore; I used a “hairbrush” today.
Weather Report: Too hot; over 100°F.


Our Airbnb is on the top floor of the building. It’s quite high up!

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View up to our Airbnb

Best espresso in the world

Following Vikram’s friend Kishore’s recommendation, we stopped by Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè for the world’s best espresso. The crema on top was mixed with sugar somehow and was spectacular.

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Best espresso!

Pantheon

Turns out the coffee place was a block from the Pantheon . We took some pictures outside for a few minutes before continuing to a city sightseeing tour bus stop.

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The Pantheon and nearby fountain

Trevi Fountain

Next stop was at the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately the fountain was under construction and didn’t have water in it.

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Trevi Fountain

Bus tour

We got on a bus and saw a lot of Rome.

Here’s our approximate route:

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Bus route
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Fountain of the Naiads
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Vatican City

We got off the bus at St. Peter’s Basilica.

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St. Peter's Basilica

To get into the basilica we had to wait in a humungous line:

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World's longest most disorganized line
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Me waiting in the world's longest most disorganized line

While waiting, entertainment was provided by two ladies arguing for 40 minutes. It got quite emotional (for them). They got kicked out by some security guards after one lady started pushing the other’s face.

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Two ladies argue and get kicked out

Inside the basilica

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Climbing the dome

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Vikram climbs up some stairs

The views from the top were amazing!

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Views from the top of the dome

And now a bunch of pictures of us making the trek back down:

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Walking down from the dome, its a long process

I found my name on a wall while coming down. I didn’t do it!

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I took some pictures halfway up on the way down.

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View of the dome from halfway up (approximately 220 / 550 stairs up)
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View of the statues from the top

Quick Dinner

The pizza we got had very soft crust. I’m pretty sure they gave me a pizza different to the one I ordered, but it was still good.

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I never eat with my glasses on according to all my pictures

Then we went to sleep at 10 PM, exhausted (many stairs). This Airbnb has airconditioning!