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Roman Holiday


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The Colosseum (also spelt Coliseum) is the ancient symbol of Rome. Built around 80 AD it is said have been the arena of death to over 9000 wild animlas and 2000 gladiators.

As we walked around the colosseum we noticed a man dressed up as a gladiator moving around with the tourists and I thought he was a good subject for an album.As I raised my camera to take a picture of him the thought that I may be have to shell out a few chips did flash through my mind but it was too late to stop taking the picture and too late to even avoid the notice of the gladiator himself who came rushing towards us like he was attacking a beast.

Another Roman dressed similarly joined him and moments later they had taken charge of the situation. We were encouraged to take as many pictures as we wanted .They posed for pictures and offered to take more pictures with all of us in it.I was now convinced this exercise was going to cost me a pretty Euro and hoped the demand would be reasonable. It fortunately turned out to be just reasonable. We gave one of them Euros 5 but he thought he should have another five for his partner and so we gave him that too. Later we realised that Rome being such an expensive city the 10 E was a small amount. Back in India though it could be a four day wages to a husband wife labourer team.

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Bed and Breakfast

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Before leaving Italy to England we stayed in Bergamo for a night. (Our flight to London was from Milan Malpensa airport and we were returning from Pisa.)

Malpensa airport is around one and half hour drive by bus from Bergamo just half hour more than Milan city by bus from Malpensa.Bergamo airport itself is not very far from Bergamo township.Bergamo therefore would be an excellent starting or ending point for tourists to Italy .

In Bergamo we stayed in the B & B fcility operated by FRANCO GANDOSSI and MARIA ROSA husband and wife team.Their photographs are shown below.

This B&B facility is more than a halting place to stretch one's legs. Depending on your temperment it could be a place where you could stretch your mind, be it the design of Franco's house - which he did it himself - or the cultural heritage of Italy which they seem to foster and carry forward or their committed efforts to cater to the comforts of their guests.

In any case I strongly feel that this should either be a starting point or the ending point of a tourist's visit to Italy

Their contact numbers are below. You may call to pick you up and or ask for directions.

Telephone 0039 035 663057
Mobile 0039 348 0927404
FAX 0039 035 663057

Franco and Maria Rosa.jpg

Tagore John

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