Early this morning, we joined another group tour to the Vatican. We visited the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The afternoon was free for us to enjoy Rome’s fashions, cafes and galleries. We had a nice drink on our rooftop terrace and then headed off to Cornucopia for our last dinner together. Some of us went to take one last look at the Trevi Fountain and eat our last gelato.
On our way into the Vatican Museum
The ceilings inside of the museum
St. Peter’s Square
Our last drink on the rooftop terrace of Hotel 47
Our last supper together at Cornicopia
The Trevi Fountain at night
The Trevi Fountain
We had the morning at leisure to do some exploring on our own. This afternoon, we joined a group tour to explore the sites of Ancient Rome. We enjoyed a panoramic tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia.
In front of the Colosseum
Maryann and Carol in front of the Colosseum
inside the Colosseum
The arch of Constantine outside of the Colosseum
Some of us having dinner in Rome at Osteria del Circo
An amazing dinner at Osteria del Circo
Today we traveled by coach to the medieval city of Toledo which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The old town is a treasure chest of churches, museums, synagogues and mosques set in a labyrinth of narrow streets, plazas and interior courtyards.
We spent the day here, visiting the Cathedral
the Sinagoga del Transito
and the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz.
There was even a little time for marzipan shopping!
As well as admiring crafts
We finished with lunch Spanish style – starting at 2pm!
Leaving Toledo we admired the spectacular view across the river Tagus
Everyone is happy to have free time for the rest of the afternoon and evening to relax and shop.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel we continued our exploration of the city today.
We started at the Plaza Mayor just a short walk from the hotel.
Followed by a coach tour which included the Reina Sofia Museum where we saw a treasure-trove of contemporary and modern art including Picasso’s famous “Guernica”.
After free time for lunch which the ladies enjoyed at the fabulous Harina Bakery
Some of the ladies continued with a walking tour of the city, it was a hot and sunny day.
the Royal Palace
and the San Miguel market.
This evening we enjoyed a live performance while we ate delectable Tapas and drank fine Spanish wines at Los Galayos restaurant, a short walk from our hotel.