The next day, we went to the Colosseum, the Roman and Imperial Forums, and Palantine Hill. Amaze balls. Mind blowing. We spent a few hours there. A definite must see when in Rome.
We lunched at La Base on Via Cavour where we ate the best pizza and calzone in Italy. I had a white pizza with eggplant and prosciutto de Parma. It was the champion of pizzas.
Satiated, we continued our journey to the Circus Maximus, which is pretty much a hilly dog track now. Not worth the time unless you really want to say I saw where it once was but nothing really remains.
Since we were in the area, we also popped over to the Santa Maria in Cosmedin which draws crowds to it’s entryway where Gregory Peck bravely put his hand in “The Mouth of Truth” to show Audrey Hepburn how it bites liars in the movie, Roman Holiday.
This would have been a perfect end to that day, but we made the mistake of trying a restaurant in the guidebook on a night when the metro near use closed at 9 PM. Guess what? Restaurant was closed and we had to hunt blindly for something and ended up eating so-so food where the bathroom lighting situation confounded me for a good 5 minutes.
The next morning, we checked out and prepared for our flight to Venice. We walked around the piazza Vittorio Emmanuele II and then tried to hit the best gelato place in our area. Guess what? Closed on Monday. So we went back to Via Vittorio Veneto for a long lunch outside at a cafe (another great Rome experience) and then picked up our luggage and headed to the airport.