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Our very first glimpse of St. Peter's. We were driving around Rome lost, and I was hanging out the window snapping pics, lol!
Ok, so it wasn't the best idea to drive right into Rome without thoroughly deciphering exactly where our hotel was.  Here's the quick synopsis: Bouncing down cobblestone streets...hoping we weren't going the wrong way on one-way streets...getting stuck circling a traffic rotary with vespas shooting all around us in different directions...finally stumbling onto the main drag and looking up to see St. Peter's Basilica dead ahead at which point our jaws hit the floor in amazement.  At this point, it's total chaos in the car and I realize I can't find our hotel information anywhere! So, we pull over in an illegal spot and I jump out to find a pay phone and, yes, dial my mom in NY, USA!  I proceed to walk her through finding my email confirmation and finally succeed at getting the address.
The Coliseum
  After thinking that we never would get there, we finally arrive at our hotel just a few blocks from St. Peter's Basilica. Next was the struggle to park our car in an underground garage with huge cement pillars everywhere.  We had to make about an 82 point turn to edge into this teeny parking space!  After all was said and done, we were finally checked into our lovely hotel and already taking in the amazing sites of Rome!

I remember walking to the Coliseum when it's grandeur stopped me in my tracks.  Of course I had seen it in pictures many times, but none can do the justice of seeing it with your own eyes.  Walking through this massive building is surreal as you consider that it started being built around 70AD! It's grand and gruesome history is both exciting and shocking.  After touring the Coliseum, don't pass up the surrounding ruins of The Roman Forum which also has a fascinating history.  There are multiple beautiful arches, Basilicas and Temples.  I suggest coming prepared with a guide to the ruins and Coliseum.
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Our very first glimpse of St. Pete…
Our very first glimpse of St. Pet…
The Coliseum
The Coliseum
The first glimpse of the Coliseum
The first glimpse of the Coliseum
The amazing Coliseum
The amazing Coliseum
Looking up at The Coliseum
Looking up at The Coliseum
Inside the Coliseums outer hallway
Inside the Coliseum's outer hallway
I love this!
I love this!
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Looking out from the Coliseum
Looking out from the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum
Looking out from the Coliseum
Looking out from the Coliseum
One of the Arches
One of the Arches
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
There is a story etched into this …
There is a story etched into this…
An arch among the Forum ruins
An arch among the Forum ruins
A beautiful arch
A beautiful arch
In the Forum ruins
In the Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
Looking out toward the Dentures
Looking out toward the "Dentures"
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
The Forum ruins
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