The next morning we headed out of Tuscany and into Umbria, where we headed up to the town of Orvieto, which is situated on a large hill. We took a tram up to the top which was pretty cool!
The Cathedral of Orvieto
The view from the top was incredible!
(From L-R) Anisha, Katie, Sarah-Jane, Brittany, Kelly, myself, Michelle, Claire and Heidi
A group of us indulged in a boar meat sandwich for lunch, which is a local speciality. For a big hunk of meat thrown into a sandwich, it was pretty damn good! The meat was beautifully spiced and the bread was buttery and delicious.
After a lovely morning and a few more hours of driving, we made it into ‘The Eternal City’ of Rome! As anticipated, it was really hot, so we made frequent stops on our afternoon walking tour of the city.
All of the fountains in Rome contain drinking water, which means unlimited free refills! This made our stay that much better as it really was so hot. That and I had already spent a considerable amount of money on bottled water (lazy, I know) so I definitely took advantage!
The Spanish Steps; ruined by all the tourists, like a lot of things really. I climbed all the way to the top which was pretty cool!
We had a one hour break for dinner, so Michelle, Claire, Sebastian and I found a lovely little restaurant to dine at. As you can see from the pictures, there is no food on the table. Unfortunately, our service took so long that by the time our delicious seafood pasta dishes had arrived, we had to take them to go! I didn’t end up eating mine until we got back to our campsite a few hours later. While it was still good, I was a little disappointed that I missed out on truly appreciating my first authentic Roman meal!
After dinner (or lack thereof) our tour leader, Marshall, took us to heaven on earth – Della Palma Gelato di Roma. As per the above photo, FLAVOURS!
I had 3 flavours; nutella, mars bar and m&m. The nutella was literally the best icecream I have ever had in my LIFE.
After our gelato experience, we were caught in a torrential 20 minute rain storm. Unfortunately, I was too proud to buy a poncho and too ignorant to realise that no, my camera is not the tough cookie I would have myself believe. Therefore, it did end up getting some water damage. Luckily, the quality of most of my photos for the rest of the trip was not too badly affected, but I did lose some of the major functions which was pretty annoying. Look at Britt in Katie’s poncho, she totally just snuck on in there. Cutie.
Claire and I
Our last stop for the night was the Colosseum, which was huge. After an interesting ride on the train, a connecting bus and a walk along a non-pedestrian road, we made it back in one piece and settled in for the night.