Adagio Rome Balduina
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... the brutality carried on below. So, much like Big Brother today then…!
We walked around the whole place and were blown away by the place. Although the ruins have been stabilized, much is missing having been removed to build other structures in Rome after the fall of the empire. One guide asks if we had been to the Basilica of St Peters; when we said no, she said that is where we will see the rest of the Colosseum!!
From here we headed for the Palatine hill and ...
... allowed. Or talking. It was wonderful.
On to the Vatican Museums where the crowds picked up. Again, having a guide here is a must. We learned so much.
To get to St Peter's we had to pass back through the Sistine Chapel. Do not go here without a tour that skips the lines! It was so crowded we had to snake through throngs of people - not sure how they even had room to tilt their heads ...
... to the hotel, eventually.
Could not resist a beautiful handmade, handpainted leather handbag in the window of a shop in the Via della Quattro Fontane. Did I mention that it may have a touch of purple on it?
Tomorrow, we are off to see the Castel Sant Angelo and to do some more meandering before we catch the overnight train to ...
... to the hostel and went to see the basilica di santa maria maggiore which I hate to see blew pisa out the door in terms of grandeur. Just amazing. 800 year old stone mosaic floor. Gold ceiling. I can't even describe it I had never seen anything so richly made.
Then onto a roman statue museum which had some interesting bronze statues, a recreation of an uncovered roman house using the frescoes and mosaics found there and loads of marble statues. Seriously getting ...
... in white jackets etc, so naturally we gravitated towards that for our drink. Just a drink right? We sat down and were immediately handed a card that informed us than even sitting there listening to the music would be 6 euros each. We thought this was ok, as we had planned to try and pretend we were cultured by maybe going to an orchestra that night. We figured that for 12 euros we could get the orchestra experience right then and there instead (we ...