When in Rome...

Trip Start May 17, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Travelling alone can be so liberating. Being not much of a people person, I really enjoyed my time alone. Relying on no one other than yourself, a chance to be selfish and not have to worry about anyone else.

Italy was a quick trip so I think I missed a lot of things that I wanted to see. But there is so much to see. I decided to do the hop on hop off bus tour again. My first stop was the Vittoriano. This is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

After this, I went to the Roman Forum. This is a whole ancient city right in the middle of the modern day city. This was amazing to walk around these ancient streets and see the large ruins. It gives a glance into Roman life. This is also the place where Julius Caesar was cremated.

From here, I walked down to the Colosseum. This was impressive. I did an audioguide tour for this as well. This is where gladiators fought and it was so amazing to see and learn about the history here.

From here, it was on to the Pantheon. This is the most well preserved building of Ancient Rome. It was a temple to the planetary gods and was later converted to a church. One of the most famous features of this is the dome roof with an oculus (large hole) forever open. This is also where Raphael is buried.

After this, my last stop for the day was the Trevi Fountain. What a beautiful piece of art. But wow there are lots of tourists there. The pictures you see are beautiful, but nothing compares to seeing the real thing.

The next day I spent at the Vatican. This took most of the day so people going really should plan for a day there. I have never seen anything like this before. It really does take your breath away. I did the audio guide tour there as well. They can be very handy and cheaper than a tour most of the time. There is so much to see here. I got to rub the feet of St. Peter's statue. And I got to see the tomb of Pope John Paul II.

Just around the corner from the Vatican is the Vatican Museum where the Sistine Chapel is. They really make a big show of this. They put the Sistine Chapel at the end of the museum so you have to go through the whole museum and see everything else they have first. And this takes a lot of time too. You almost need two days to see all these.
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