Quality Hotel Excel Roma Ciampino
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For our 1000km trip total km goal, that is. Apparently its about 50 kms roughly to Anagni from here, but we still have to navigate a good route, meaning quietish back roads, to get there. And then we'll need to do a little sightseeing loop on Tuesday in order to complete it. We enjoyed our last special breakfast buffet this morning, and then …
... many people. We eventually found an English speaking Italian, who told us the pope was having a meeting with the school children today, and that's why we couldn't get closer. He was going to be having the meeting at 4pm. With that information, we trotted off to explore some rome streets as we hadn't seen very many yet! We walked past lots of little restaurants, ice cream shops and generally just explored! We went to ...
... and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions ...
... commissioned by Pope Julius II. The various elements include the Creation of Adam and nine scenes from the book of Genesis. On the back wall is the large fresco of The Last Judgement done almost 30 years later from 1536-1541.
Chiara points out a small wooden door on the wall opposite the Last Judgment and explains that through that small door is the place where the ballots are burned during a Papal election.
We exit the ...
... commissioned to do a sculpture for a church that the architect of that church did not want him involved in it as the church would become more about the sculpture than his architecture. He therefore convinced the pope to get Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo initially refused and went to Florence in a huff insulted to have been asked to do this, he was after all a sculpture not a painter. The pope sent someone to chase Michelangelo up and make him an ...