Rome and Vatican City
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WOW...what a city!! If you can call it a city - it's basically wall to wall ancient ruins and churches - NINE HUNDRED churches to be exact!! And history...I mean, where else would you find an ancient city below the current one, and then another one below that as well!?!?
Had been very scared to come here after hearing horror pick-pocketing stories, but in the end, I loved it!!! We had four days here, so we wanted to see as much as possible! The queues for some sights were ginormous, but when in Rome...he he he!!
Some quick thoughts:
Colosseum: Such a strange feeling to look upon such an amazing icon. So sad it was almost plundered to death, but inside you can almost imagine it in all its grandeur/splendour! Awesome!!
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: So much art and history to learn about and see! It would have been one big shuffle-along, see-another-painting/sculpture blur if it weren't for our audio guide (dont even get me started on the saga it was to hire that one.
St. Peter's: Another iconic building I thought I would only see on the news! Adorned with massive sculptures including Michelangelo's Pieta that he created at age 24 (although it has to be viewed from 15 metres away). Gorgeous really, and as usual we climbed to the top of the dome, which was great for a view of Rome, but also got to see a service taking place from above! Oh, and underneath in the Sacred Grottoes we saw the tomb of St.
Other sights we visited included venturing into The Pantheon and St Peter in Chains Basilica, seeing The Arch of Constantine, The Roman Forum (with ancient temple to Julius Caesaer), Piazza del Campidoglio, the monument Vittorio Emanuele II, the absolutely gorgeous Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Fountain of Triton, Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps.
PHEW!!! Loved it all!!