Venetia Palace Hotel
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Our day started with breakfast at the hotel including sweets and coffee. Hot dogs were also on the menu for some reason but we did not partake. After a short train ride we met up with our tour group to start our tour of Rome in a day.
Our tour guide, Dorianna, has a Ph.D. in archaeology and was very nice. We started with the Colosseum and …
We finally made it to Rome around 2:30 and to our hotel at 4:00 pm which was 9:00 am Austin time. Pretty tired but happy to be here. Found a great restaurant around the corner and had a wonderful dinner. Great wine. Very inexpensive. Resting up for a full day of tours tomorrow.
The goal of the day was to make it better than yesterday, and we definitely succeeded! We woke up early and made it to St. Peter's Basilica with the first skip the line group of the day. This was important because the Vatican closed at 12:30pm to prepare for NYE festivities. The basilica was amazing and HUGE! We saw Michelangelo's famous Pieta sculpture which was just breath taking. Everything was grand and beautiful, everything you would expect from the seat of Catholicism.
... to Foro Romano and Palatino. I think we made a mistake going to Palatino first... it took too much time and Foro is far more beautiful. Besides, I had too little battery in my camera. No problem, I had an extra battery in my bag, I thought, but no, not in my bag, but in the hotel... too bad... luckily my phone can take pictures too, not too bad... not much battery, but well, I also had an extra battery for my phone... at the hotel ...
... an hour in the Roman forum below Palatine Hill. We finished our afternoon with a visit to the Colosseum. This magnitude of this building was astounding! We walked around and got a feeling of what it was like to attend events here 2000 years ago. The girls were most interested in the examples of ancient graffiti and where the emperor sat.
Today we will visit the Vatican Museum and the ...