I am sure I described the ‘workings’ of a coach tour in my previous blogs on our Trafalgar Tour of France last year. In brief – you relax .. everything is taken care of ie luggage in and out of coach and to and from room, you see places you would probably miss if doing a tour on your own, you make new friends .. Tour Directors are a wealth of information so you listen and learn about places and people. We thought we would never enjoy a coach trip, but we loved ‘Best of France’ and therefore decided to do ‘Best of Italy’ . It was amazing .. even though we preferred France, we loved Italy too !!
Hubby and I, together with our fellow travellers, met up at a Welcome Dinner where we were introduced to our Tour Director, Antonella, who I must add, was excellent!! Quite a character!! She kept us on the ball .. we were always on time!!!!! We had loads of fun !!!
An introductory drive through the city followed. I didn’t take many photographs through-the-coach-window as we had seen most of the places in the last few days, although it was interesting to see St Peter’s Square fairly empty, whereas that morning, the Square and the entire Via della Conciliazione was jammed packed with bikers, riders and onlookers. The criss-cross barrier, after the railing, is as far as we were allowed to go ..
Entrance to Villa Borghese – statue of Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, a German writer and poet, which was given to Rome as a sign of friendship by Emperor William II of Germany in 1904. At the base are three groups representing the artistic fields in which von Goethe was active : philosophy, drama and opera ..
Fountain of the Acqua Felice – (Fountain of Moses) .. built in 1587
Back to the Hotel Cicerone for a good night’s sleep before we begin the tour, bright and early. A full day ahead !!! .. in Rome!