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Crests on the arch

Although I have already been to Rome twice, my return trip was still an experience. We went to see the Forum, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, and the Vatican Museum. This trip was organized by the school and included a horrendously long bus ride down there and a night in, you guessed it, a Holiday Inn. Walking Rome was nice, the city is pretty big but easy to get around with the metro and all. However, our hotel was a 15 min. bus ride form the last stop on the longest metro link. So to say the least we were not able to go out and enjoy the city at night. And after paying 9 euro at the hotel bar for one drink we were all pretty bummed out.

Etruscan Figurenes
Aside from this location error, our guided tour at the Vatican Museum was the biggest waste of time that I have had in Italy so far. He spent way too long on stuff that was not very interesting. This prompted a few of us to go off on our own and enjoy the exhibits on our own time. This gave me the opportunity to see a few other exhibits that I was not able to see three years ago. My personal favorite was the mini-mosaic museum. This was a collection of mosaics that had on average 45 pieces in one square centimeter. They were pretty impressive and had a lot of detail like the picture of the coliseum. We had lunch in an ancient part of the city called Trastevere, which was a network of small alley ways that were near the Castello. It was nice but the food was a little over priced. Other than this, the trip was not very eventful.

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Crests on the arch
Crests on the arch
Etruscan Figurenes
Etruscan Figurenes
Sea battle
Sea battle
Map of Ancient Rome
Map of Ancient Rome
Mini Mosaic
Mini Mosaic
St. Peters
St. Peter's
Castello
Castello
Colosseum
Colosseum
Forum Ruins
Forum Ruins
The Senate
The Senate
Piazza Nuovo
Piazza Nuovo
Pine cone for good luck and the Va…
Pine cone for good luck and the V…
Sphere within a shpere
Sphere within a shpere
One Badass mo fo
One Badass mo' fo'
210 km (130 miles) traveled
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