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We have been in Rome for almost 3 weeks and it is almost time to move on. We will spend the next 10 days driving through Tuscany and will visit La Spezia (which is our home base for exploring Cinque Terre), Florence, and then Venice. Our time in Rome was well spent and we experienced the sights and sounds of a world class city while nestled away in our little apartment in Pigneto. We couldn't ask for more gracious hosts. Annapaola and Paola went well out of their way to make us feel welcome, introduced us to some of their friends, and let us experience some cool events that we would never had heard about if it wasn't for them. GRATZI! Rome as a whole is a beautiful place, but at times we definitely felt out of place. Im sure we were looked at as just another couple tourists even though we tried to assimilate into the Roman culture as best we could. The language barrier is in full force with many of the locals we interacted with knew little or no English. I found that many times, just carrying a camera made me suspicious to those around me. I guess in a city like Rome, which is literally crawling with camera toting tourists from all over the world, a certain amount of camera shyness is developed. We are ready for a new experience and are hoping that northern Italy will be a nice change of pace. I will be driving a car for the first time in 6 months, so the next 10 days will certainly be an adventure!