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Arrivederci Roma

Posted in Italy, Rome by folkestonejack on October 5, 2013

Our week in the eternal city ended as it began, under black skies and a deluge of torrential rain.

The bleak start seemed to set the tone for the day with a whole sequence of events to test our patience – starting with a couple in the supermarket on front of us deciding they no longer wanted the shopping they had just bought, initiating a lengthy item by item refund process! This was followed by a machine swallowing our payment for the train and deciding it wouldn’t print any tickets, followed a little later by the breakdown of the airport express itself!

Any relief we felt at making it to the airport dissipated as soon as we passed through security and saw the hefty queue for passport control at Fiumicino. We were among the lucky ones who still had enought time to make our flights, but the sight of passengers sprinting as they got through the gates suggested that others were not so fortunate. I’ve never seen anything quite like that at an airport.

All of this ought to have put us off making a return visit to Rome, but the city is worth putting up with such hassles… I am sure we will be back some day!

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