We left the boat in Barcelona and flew to Rome for a week. We joined
thousands of others in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City for the Pope's
We were expecting rain, but the weather turned out fantastic for our days
here. Bello tempo!
Nearly 2,000 years of earthquakes, fires, riots, wars, and plundering for
its supply of travertine blocks, it still stands relatively in tact.
The Colosseum held 60,000 people seated and 10,000 more standing.
Seating was assigned by social class.
labyrinth was covered with a wooden floor. There were trap doors to
raise and lower the animals in a dramatic way for the killing games.
That part of the tour was kind of depressing because I don't like to hear about killing
Wandering through the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum was mystical.
You could really feel the history.
This massive monument, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is described as
a marble monstrosity rearing up from the street. It is
nick-named 'the typewriter' because of it's shape. It's actually
Fabled for being the fountain you throw a coin in if you want to guarantee
your return to Rome. I threw in 5, one for each of my grandkids.
There are piazza's with fountains all over Rome. This one features
languishing nymphs and sea monsters.
Located next to the Vatican, was used as a fortress and refuge in times of
siege. A small palace was built at the top to house papal residents
in appropriate splendor. The dungeons are testament to the castle's
grisly past as the city's most notorious Renaissance prison.
Mike and I set out to find the best pizza in Rome. In our short
stay, we think we found it! The pizza is square and cut in whatever amount you want. You pay by the weight. They had the
most wonderful traditional and original combinations! We were in
We picked a tiny hotel that was located about a block from the Colosseum.
We could walk anywhere from there. Tiny room but great location.
We find good deals on bookings.com
A marble masterpiece in the Basilica di San Pietro, better known as St.
Taking pictures was 'strictly prohibited' in the Sistine Chapel at the
Vatican. You wouldn't believe the crowds and all the flashing
cameras! And nobody stops them (like at other museums that don't
allow flashes). Silence is also requested, but hundreds of people
were talking. I took just this one of the ceiling (without a flash, of
Described as the largest, richest, most compelling and most exhausting
museum complex in the world. Many of the Renaissance's finest
artists were employed by the pope. The result is a set of museums stuffed
with enough exhibits to put most other European collections to shame.
After seeing hundreds of nude statues in other museums (and on every
monument on every corner in Paris and Rome), I was amused that most of the
adult male statues in the Vatican had a fig leaf added. It was
obvious that they were not originally created that way.
We really enjoyed visiting Rome. We would love to return
again. The people here are friendly, outgoing, warm, and they treat
you like you were family! We loved it. Ciao!