It has been some time since I have had a stupid tourist comment of the day, what with working in Portugal and then having some time off in Calabria. Today was my first official stupid tourist comment for 2008 and this is a sure sign that the gates are open and the comments are going to be flowing freely from now on.
This morning I went to one of our beautiful 5 star hotels on the Via Veneto (which is a posh part of Rome, with upmarket hotels, shops, embassies etc...) to met some guests. I was greeted by a really lovely, bubbly, friendly lady in her late 30s and her husband. We sat in the plush bar area (which happens to have the biggest chandelier that I have ever seen! I love crystal chandeliers) and we began our chat.
L: So what can I help you both with?
Well we are in Rome for 3 days and want to see as much as possible, can you tell us where to go?
L: There are many places to go, and things to see. Have you perhaps read of some places you would like to visit?
L: Ok then... from your hotel you could walk to the Trevi Fountain and then after that you could head to the Panthenon (I say marking these on a map)
What is the Panthenon?
(I am a bit taken a back as most people coming to Rome for a holiday have at least have some vague idea of the main monuments)
L: It is one of the most well preserved and ancient sites in Rome. It was originally a pagan temple which then became a Christian place of worship...
(I saw the ladies eyes getting glazed over with this information so I changed tactic)
L: It is a nice building to see.
Oh, ok! Great. And where can I go shopping?
L: Well there are many other sites to see, but if you like to shop you could go here (circles onto the map.)
The silent husband interrupts.
I would like to go to the Colosseum (points for him as he has at least heard of this.)
We all study the map which has a picture of the Colosseum in the cornor and then next to it the Imperial Forum (which is where the bulk of the Ancient Roman ruins are situated.)
L: This is the Colosseum and this is Fori Imperiali with the ruins of Ancient Rome.
What is Ancient Rome?
......Need I say more?????
Here are some pics when bel ragazzo, my old colleague and I played tourist and took the open air bus around Rome. I often enjoy to take this bus, and better still I do not have to pay for it!