Sunday, July 10, 2011

città di molti passi - city of many steps

Well we are in Rome and it is very warm here.  It’s in the low 90’s but feels like high 90’s.  We have been going to see everything we can see, before we collapse on our bed for a rest and then we are back at it the next day.

The first day we had a tour of the Vatican.  We had to be there by 7:15am to get in at 7:30am.  The line started to form about 7:00am.  We had reservations with a tour group that got us in as some of the first without waiting in line. Our leader told us we were going to skip everything and go right to the Sistine Chapel, she said you will want to stop and take pictures but we will come back to take them afterwards.  She was right as soon as we started to walk through the first few rooms, I wanted to take pictures.  But we kept going to the Chapel.  We walked into the Sistine Chapel and there were only about 20 people in the chapel.  After the rest of our tour we had to travel through the chapel again and there had to be 200-300 people in there and we could hardly move through the crowd.  They do not allow pictures in the Sistine Chapel so we have none to show you.  Go check it out online, there are some good stories to read about.

After we rested for about 3 hours back at our hotel, we set out again.   First we saw The Capuchini Crypt.  Which is a church run by monks, built in 1645.  They have 6 rooms full of bones which are monks that lived there.

We then went and found the Spanish Steps.  Wow, was there a lot of people there.  Spent some time there and rested for a little bit. Then we went to find the Fontana di Trevi. We had to walk down some small roads, the classic Rome roads.  But after asking some people we found it.  I thought there were a lot of people at the Spanish Steps...there was more at the Fountain.  Same thing, we took pictures and rested then found a pizzeria for supper. Then we went back to our hotel to collapse on the beds.

The second day we had a tour of the Colosseum and Roman forum area.  Very cool, once again we had reservations so we could skip the lines which were about two to three hours just to get in.  We also got to go under the coliseum and see where the animals and gladiator’s moved around before they went out “on stage”.  Then we went to top and got a good look down, very cool, absolutely unbelievable.

As I am writing this we just felt a very small earth quake.  J
So here are some pictures we have taken.

The Vatican with the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in the back ground.

St Peter’s Square looking back at St Peter’s Basilica.

Michelangelo’s  Pieta - Statue of Jesus and Mary.

Kathy and Beth walking down the Spanish Steps

The Fountain di Trevi

The Roman Coliseum  

1 comment:

  1. Glad the earthquake was just small!
    Enjoy and travel safe. Have more gelato-you'll miss it the momnet you'll be back to Hudsonville