Yes, that's the Coliseum in the background, and the Palatine hill to our left. From there we made our way to the Pantheon for coffee, and so Spencer could stop at the hotel.
Then off to load carbs at a restaurant suggested by the folks at Loyola. The food was amazing! We all had fried artichokes (a Roman specialty) that were unbelievable. Then we each had spectacular
dishes, from tomato and anchovy (me), to truffle (Philip), to eggplant parm (Spencer). We rolled out in the mid afternoon, and I, at least set out for another round of carb loading over dinner (pizza).