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.
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.
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 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.
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.