There is so much to see and do in Rome and mummy sure had a big day planned for us. Our first stop was to see the pope talk at the Vatican. He speaks to the public every Sunday at noon. We didn’t quite make it into the Basilica but they broadcast him in St Peters square. We took loads of photo’s and listened to him for a little while. I didn’t really know what he was saying as my Italian is very limited to the few words I hear every day… mostly ‘ bellisima, bella, bambina, grazi, prego, ciao’ etc. The Basilica was really beautiful but I wasn’t really in the mood for it and decided to have a little tantrum. It’s a little game I have learnt to play whilst on this holiday. You see, I am not really a noisy baby but when I know I have to be on my best behaviour, like in museums, art galleries or churches I decide to practise using my words and I make some unreal sounds. I also squirm in the pram or in daddy’s arms and I make all sorts of funny loud noises. It’s a little bit embarrassing for mummy and daddy but hilarious for me.
Next stop was Piazza Navona for lunch and onto the Pantheon, another gigantic building. The Romans liked to build things to a very large scale. This Roman temple has been standing for over 2000 years.
Fun Fact #4: The Pantheon’s diameter is exactly equal to the interior height of 43.3m. Light enters through the oculus, an 8.7m opening in the dome that serves as a symbolic connection between the temple and the gods. Rainwater enters but drains away through 22 almost invisible holes in the sloping marble floor.
The Colosseum was our next stop. Another 2000 year, old huge building built in AD 80. I was asleep through most of this sightseeing opportunity but woke just at the end so mummy and daddy could get some family photos and share a few fun facts.
Fun fact #5: When the building was finished on the Colosseum, to mark the occasion they held games here for 100 days and nights during which 5000 animals were slaughtered (insert sad face, those poor animals). However this wasn’t the worst killing spree, Trajan later topped this with a 117 day marathon involving 9,000 gladiators and 10,000 animals.
Today was another really hot day and by this time I was getting very uncomfortable in my pram. We stopped by a watermelon cart and mummy put some in my little blue container. This has to be my favourite fruit so far! Daddy’s feet were starting to get sore and it was getting close to dinner time so there was just one more stop on our tour of Rome. Mummy saved the best for last, well her favourite for last. Bocca della verita, made famous from the movie, the Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn. ‘Bocca della verita’ is Italian for ‘Mouth of Truth’. Legend has it, that if you put your hand in its mouth and tell a secret, if it is true, you keep your hand but if it is a lie, the mouth takes off your hand. Luckily both mummy and daddy told the truth with whatever they told the face and they kept both their hands.
We were nowhere near our hotel so we walked all the way home so mummy could get my food ready for dinner and put me to sleep. It was such a big day so I slept as soon as my head hit the pillow. However mummy and daddy went out with me asleep in the pram. They were just going to go for pizza but ended up having the best meal of the holiday. It was a little restaurant across the road from our hotel ‘Locarno’. They chose the 5 course degustation menu, first course was complimentary of the chef, a fried prawn – my crazy parents ate the whole prawn, head and tail, Gross! I spit out my beef and vegetables, I can’t imagine eating a whole prawn! Then they had the first course which was fried pumpkin flowers with mozzarella and tomato, this was one of mummy’s favourites, she thought it tasted a lot like zucchini flowers. Next course was the most delicious pasta with a tomato sauce and crispy ham, this was both mummy and daddy’s favourite. Next they had spaghetti with a cheese and pepper sauce. Then the final savoury course was fried cod with white truffle and chick peas, also very delicious. I think this was both mummy and daddy’s first time trying truffle and to finish off they had the most amazing chocolate soufflé for mummy and pistachio soufflé for daddy. By this time they had, a couple bottles of wine and their stomachs were very full so it was time to go to bed! Wow, what a huge day for us all.