When in Rome...
Rome Travel Blog› entry 22 of 27 › view all entries
... do as the Romans do. We're not sure quite what that is exactly, but we're pretty sure it's not pushing your way through the crowds at the Vatican and taking photos of the Colosseum! But we did do those things, and also managed to do things that Romans actually do like enjoy good food and wine, and run across the street at breakneck speed so as to not get run over by the crazy drivers.
We saw the Sisteine Chapel, which is beautiful and obviously took a great deal of time and skill from young Mick. It was funny though - with all the tourists packed in there (including us) and guards supervising and ushering you along, it kind of felt more like a big school hall than a sacred chapel!
We also checked out St Peters Basilica, reputedly the "grandest church (building) on earth".
The following day we wandered through the ruins of Rome: the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The Colosseum was pretty cool - you could just imagine being there in a crowd of 50,000 people, cheering as the lions devour a gladiator or similar below (charming). The Roman forum was the "happening" place to be back in Caesar's day. It was full of temples and courts and all sorts of grand-looking things. We saw the plot of dirt where Julius Caesar's body was burned after being assassinated. We also went to the prison cell where Peter was held before he died.
We dined in the shadow of the Colosseum, learnt more about Roman history and just scratched the surface of the Italian language. It's quite a fun language to dabble in! We've got along fine communicating with people so far, using some basic words and phrases. We've discovered that if you say the names of pasta dishes and words that end in "o" or "a" in quick succession, you can convince yourself you sound Italian. Hence we've wandered many a street saying meaningless sentences to each other like "Fettucine con molto oregano Sylvester Stallone a casino".