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St Peter's Basilica

Beautiful Rome -we arrived late friday night after a long but comfortable train trip. We had a short cab ride to our hotel that was located just outside of the Vatican City walls. There we were warmly greeted by the hotel manager who was to prove a true host during our stay.

Our first full day we decided to visit  the Vatican City proper - Vatican Museums, St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Accustomed to large queues we came prepared to wait but were pleasantly surprised by a 1.5 hr wait and this time the queue was worth it! Being a Saturday the museums closed at 2.30pm so we had to make good time and did so by enlisting the assistance of an audio guide - a good investment.

Roman Colosseum or Flavian Amphiteatre
The museums were varied and impressive with collections covering Egypt, Ancient Rome together with collections of paintings from past and present and many stunning frescoes leading us to the most impressive frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. This was indeed a most beautiful place truly doing justice to the painstaking work of Michaelangelo. Such an obviously talented man given great scope to showcase his work.

After a quick panini we headed to St Peters Basilica and spent the next little while in absolute awe of this amazing Church. It is indeed difficult to describe this aesthetic masterpiece in words but the size, archtecture and adornments were key elements in its perfection.

We finished the day with a little bit of wandering  - visiting Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, a number of Piazzas, and a few churches.

Inside the Pantheon, loved that sky light!
Sore feet required early retirement and some more coffee and gelati to cure all.

Day 3 we hopped onto some public transport to get out to the Catacombs just outside of the city. We visited the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus - the largest and most important Catacombs due to its constituency :) Comprising of former Popes, and Saint Cecilia. Catacombs are basically a series of underground tunnels housing tombs of important figures including popes and saints. Temperatures underground together with a passionate tour guide made this a memorable experience. We got back into the town center for a little more wandering, a visit to the awesome Pantheon and a fantastic carb filled evening meal.

Our final day in Rome was spent at Palatine Hill, the Colusseum (complete with those dodgy gladiators scamming tourists) and Roman Forum. Seeing these types of places abounding in history had the impact of making us blasé regarding ancient sites in Rome but nevertheless we were again amazed by the history of these sites. The afternoon was spent doing a little shopping and finalising the Italian experience with one more gelati for the road.

kkeehwan says:
thanks for your travel story.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2007
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St Peters Basilica
St Peter's Basilica
Roman Colosseum or Flavian Amphite…
Roman Colosseum or Flavian Amphit…
Inside the Pantheon, loved that sk…
Inside the Pantheon, loved that s…
When we say its good gelati.... do…
When we say its good gelati.... d…
St Peters Square
St Peter's Square
Viewing St Peters Basilica from t…
Viewing St Peter's Basilica from …
In the gardens of Palatine Hill
In the gardens of Palatine Hill
Tiber River in Rome
Tiber River in Rome
Kath missing her doggy so settling…
Kath missing her doggy so settlin…
Spanish Steps - very busy :)
Spanish Steps - very busy :)
View from Ponte Vittorio Emanuele
View from Ponte Vittorio Emanuele
The Pantheon
The Pantheon
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