After standing in the hot sun for two hours watching the Republic Day parade, and being aware that some roads and attractions would remain closed until mid-afternoon, it was an easy decision for Marg and I for how to fill in the next few hours. We walked around to the pick-up point for the hop-on, hop-off bus and waited for one to come along. We climbed aboard and made our way to the top deck. From there we did an entire circuit of Rome, taking it easy as the bus did the afternoon’s ‘walking’ for us.
It gave us a chance to plug in the earpieces and listen to the tour commentary about each of the historic places the bus drove past. They included the Vittorio Emanuelle II monument, Vatican, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Largo di Torre Argentina (where Julius Caesar was murdered) and other amazing sites. It was a great circuit of the city, and gave us a nice break from walking around in the heat of the day. There’s so much to see in Rome, and we’re only covering a small part of it, but we’ll take away some really good memories of the places we’ve seen and the stories we’ve heard about them.