Leaving the peace of the Borgo and headed to Rome.

Our hosts - Marilisa and Riccardo Parisi - of the Borgo di Carpiano near Gubbio.
Our hosts – Marilisa and Riccardo Parisi – of the Borgo di Carpiano near Gubbio.

When you have been so comfortable and pampered by people who really understand pampering and caring, it is hard to depart.  We had a wonderful and supremely delicious respite here….again.  This time, we were able to share the entire Borgo experience with good friends, who appreciated it as much as we do.  Our kids just got a taste of the Parisi’s amazing brand of hospitality last week, when we came for the evening, but staying here is a true delight.

Riccardo has studied the hospitality business as a serial restaurant and innkeeper entrepreneur for 30+ years.  Here’s his quote, “The two things that distinguish a true vacation are a long breakfast and a massage day.”  Think about that.  We always enjoy the breakfasts – his attention and conversation are part of each morning here.  And, yesterday, we had our massage day.  He’s right.

Now, to plunge back into civilization and to see the beginnings of Western culture in the Eternal City, Roma.

Gianni, their designated driver, comes up from Assisi by 10AM to grab our luggage, stow it in his van, and get us safely to Rome with some conversation and education along the way.

Gianni's car is newer, but had some troubles and was broken for two weeks...that is a killer for a man who uses his car as his living.  Marisa had set us up with  Leonardo last week, who was wonderful, too.
Gianni’s car is newer, but had some troubles and was broken for two weeks…that is a killer for a man who uses his car as his living. Marilisa had set us up with Leonardo last week, who was wonderful, too.

We make it to Piazza Bernardini in northeastern Rome without incident or much traffic by 1PM.  It’s just a mile past the Borhese Gardens and Museum, when you’re headed in from the A-1 highway from Umbria and/or Tuscany.

the Hotel Barocco on Bernardini Square is another Pam Long recommendation.  It is good to be back...the people are so accommodating here and it's a funky place.  Check-in was delayed by about 10 minutes at around 1PM, so they put us in the little bar room and gave us complimentary beverages.
the Hotel Barocco on Bernardini Square is another Pam Long recommendation. It is good to be back…the people are so accommodating here and it’s a funky place. Check-in was delayed by about 10 minutes at around 1PM, so they put us in the little bar room and gave us complimentary beverages.
The Via Veneto of La Dolce Vita movie fame is the next street by the hotel, so we strolled around to a nice lunch spot.  Here are the Staffords, mellowed out and awaiting another wine accompanied midday meal.
The Via Veneto of La Dolce Vita movie fame is the next street by the hotel, so we strolled around to a nice lunch spot. Here are the Staffords, mellowed out and awaiting another wine accompanied midday meal.

Butch and Louise had never seen the Coliseum, so we grabbed a cab and went over.  We saw long lines and listened to a little Croatian girl’s promise of an “English tour and skip ahead in the lines” for 40 Euros per person, so we did that.

the cab ride was quite sophisticated on the way over.  don't ask about the one on the way back...yikes!
the cab ride was quite sophisticated on the way over. don’t ask about the one on the way back…yikes!
Our little old Roman lady guide, Roseanna, was a study in energy and knowledge.
Our little old Roman lady guide, Roseanna, was a study in energy and knowledge.  Not a great wardrobe expert however.

The Forum, the Julius Caesar-built public buildings and even the place where they cremated his body are still existing from the first Century of our Western civilization here…truly awesome.  Then, we went to the Coliseum and skipped ahead of the long lines again.

The Coliseum walls are still tall and imposing.  You can see we have another day of sunshine and 75 degrees.
The Coliseum walls are still tall and imposing. You can see we have another day of sunshine and 75 degrees.
This place is an engineering marvel in addition to being the central focus for the killing of 50,000 people per week all over the Roman Empire at the time of Caesar.  Isn't that hard to believe?  And this was a country at a time of relative peace...it was their idea of
This place is an engineering marvel in addition to being the central focus for the killing of 50,000 people per week all over the Roman Empire at the time of Caesar. Isn’t that hard to believe? And this was a country at a time of relative peace…it was their idea of “sport”. I guess crucifixions are another part of the same cruel mentality.
Our day is cut short about 6PM by a threatening looking sky full of mean clouds.  We were a cab-ride away from the Hotel Barocco and we headed for the taxi line before the tour was really concluded.
Our day is cut short about 6PM by a threatening looking sky full of mean clouds. We were a cab-ride away from the Hotel Barocco and we headed for the taxi line before the tour was really concluded.

Tomorrow is our last full day in Italy.  We are scheduled to go with another Pam Long-provided tour guide to see the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain sites all within walking distance of our hotel.  We will fill you in on some of this history, too.

Patricia Boyd goes to the Pantheon every day when she is in Rome, so we are excited to feel those same vibrations she gets from this wonder of antiquity and architecture that is still in use a place of worship today.

Buonanotte.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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