The Dutch certainly know how to party, as they demonstrated outside our hotel room until the wee hours of Sunday morning, about the time that we gave up trying to sleep and got ready for the taxi to the airport for our flight to Rome.
After a quick nap at the hotel, we joined my work colleagues for a quick orientation tour of downtown Rome, which is breathtaking. We spent most of the time at Il Vittoriano (the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II), in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. The memorial also includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base:
Most of that time waiting in line for the one working elevator to get up to the top of the roof. The wait was worth it:
On our way back to the bus, we stopped for gelato at Trevi Fountain. This weekend was the 2770th anniversary of the (legendary) founding of Rome, so sites were even more crowded than usual (according to our tour guide). The crowds were too thick at the fountain to toss a coin (or even get a photo), so we’ll have to find another time to do that. The gelato was delicious, though — I think I’ll need to do daily sampling.
Monday will mainly be work-related events, so probably no photos.