31 Dec Rome Day 3: Audio tours FTW
Today was full of ancient ruins! The Colosseum and Roman Forum are central to Rome’s ancient history, and they’re mighty impressive to look at. But even though I was here in 2012 and saw both I didn’t take a tour, and of course I didn’t look up any information before this trip because that would have been sensible.
Enter: The Rick Steves Audio Tours. If you’ve traveled much, you know the name Rick Steves. If you’re like me and grew up on a television diet of PBS, you know him from the Saturday afternoon lineup (probably right after Bob Ross). He’s a be-khakied, be-polo-shirted Very Nice Dude who has traveled the world and he brings it to your living room in soft-spoken, digestible 30-minute nuggets. It’s delightful! And today we learned, he has an app for Europe. Day = enriched.
All four of us were able to download audio tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, then plug in our ear buds and meander on our own through the buildings and ruins. It worked really well for our group. We kind of stayed together without having to stay together or talk to each other. Plus we were still able to talk about what we learned afterwards. Each tour took about an hour start-to-finish, so if you play your cards right — or skip the line by buying your tickets ahead of time (this link is not an endorsement!) — you could easily get to both of these sights before noon. We took a bit longer than that, but we also didn’t have a whole heckuva lot else to do today, so we definitely meandered more than we might have if today were our first day.
We also ate some delicious pizza, fried anchovies (surprisingly delicious!), perfect pasta, and of course MOAR GELATO. Because when you’re in Rome, the food is as much of an attraction as anything else.
For those of you keeping track at home, today makes three gelatos in three days. Batting 1.000! I’ve tried lemongrass, pear and cheese, strawberry, giuliano chocolate (traditional Italian flavor), and “black passion” which was mega chocolate plus berries. OM NOM NOM.