Today we walked. While yes, we have walked other days and other cities, there is something about not having a metro option that makes it feel more challenging. For today, we experienced a Metro Strike. We're told it will only last one day (and was planned well in advance, weird), but I suppose you don't really know. Alas, our feet ache a little and we're very happily tired and headed to bed early (early wake up tomorrow for Pompeii).
That all said, having no metro access meant that we explored areas we otherwise would not have experienced and got views that we would not have seen had we taken the all-too-convenient point-to-point options. For example, we found ourselves at the highest peak of the Travestere neighborhood overlooking old town. We came upon the Colloseum from behind and Vatican from a random side street. I felt like we were sneaking up on these major monuments, hoping to jump out and surprise them with our presence. The Roman Forum and Palantine Hill were interesting, albeit less interesting when you only have a pre-recorded audio guide. The human guides are so much more entertaining and share so many great stories. We listened in on one for a moment or two but for the most part continued on our way.
We finished our journey with a must stop Gelato experience (gelato every day!). Finally, we took advantage of the small window where the metro reopened for a hot minute to help the working folks get home and made it home before they closed again for the night. It was a great day in Rome.