We left Corfu early in 3 taxis and mountains of baggage. Don’t know how we seem to have accumulated so much extra luggage. John has become fixated with the Large North West duffle bags and has bought three since we’ve started traveling. So now we have eight pieces of baggage to worry about everytime we move!
The Easyjet counter at Corfu airport was chaos. Cheap flights sound good at the time of booking but not so great when the lines are an hour long and excess baggage is over EU200.00!
All was forgotten once we landed and the excitement of being back in Rome sunk in. We had a transfer waiting for us and we were whisked away and deposited and the beautiful “Margutta 54”, an oasis in the heart of Rome.Our accommodation was nothing more than exquisite. Situated down a tiny street in the historical part of Rome just a short stroll from the Spanish Steps and the oh so amazing shopping on via Condotti. The entry into our suites was via a locked large iron gate leading to a gravel courtyard shared by a small group of residences. We had two rooms beautifully designed which seemed more like apartments. We could of stayed here for weeks. It didn’t matter that within hours of arriving the heavens opened and a rainstorm kept us inside.
This gave us enough time to plan our next three days in Rome. On top of the list was visiting the Colloseum and the Catacombs. We hired our own personal guide (an archaeologist) for a day which allowed the children a full Roman history lesson ranging from the excesses of Roman emperors to gladiators and the underground cemeteries of the Christian and Jewish communities. A word of advice; by hiring a guide we were able to skip the two hour long queues snaking around the colosseum and the scorching heat. Beats sitting in a classroom!
Of course a visit to Rome isn’t complete without a stop at the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, and we just had to squeeze in a spot of shopping.
Our accommodation here in the historical part of Rome allowed us to spend the day strolling through the streets in awe of all the history surrounding us. Yiayia and Papou were nice enough to babysit while John and I spent some time exploring on our own. Our time he just flew, truly a beautiful city. I’m sure we left with a few extra kilos as we devoured so much gelato and pasta in a matter of 72 hours.
Rome was also our final destination with Yiayia and Papou before they departed for their flight back to Athens.