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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.
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.
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.