Rome

Now that I’m back from volleyball camp, I can finish up our vacation posts! Rome was a big day for us. We docked around 1 1/2 hours away from Rome, so we had a long drive into the city. Once we got in, we picked up our tour guide and had a short driving tour around the city. These pictures aren’t the best because they were taken through a bus window.

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Our first stop was to the Trevi fountain. This is one I was very excited to see: primarily for the romance of the location. We were sorely disappointed. The fountain was under construction and was completely covered for restoration . We still threw a coin into the fountain, though. One coin to come back, two coins to come back married, and three coins to come back divorced. I’ll let you guess how many we threw in. They make a ridiculous amount of money every year on thrown coins (around $800,000)

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We then walked to the Forum. It was very neat to walk through the old part of Rome.

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Altar of the Fatherland also nicknamed the Typewriter

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Trajan’s Column

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The Mayor of Rome is very ecofriendly. Here he is riding his bike around town! (The one in the suit of the far side)

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Then, we got to walk around the Forum. The Forum is the ruins of several important government and religious buildings of ancient Rome. You might notice the pictures look like we were in a pit. The ancient city is quite a bit lower than the current city of Rome.

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The only reason that this temple is so well preserved is because it was converted into a Christian church.

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Next, we walked to the Colosseum. Its huge and very impressive! One of the most memorable places of the entire trip.

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Right next to the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine.

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After an Italian lunch of pasta, beef, carrots, potatoes, ice cream cake, and wine, we headed to the Vatican City. We went into St. Peter’s Basilica. 

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The Swiss Guard still protects St. Peter’s and the Pope.

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By far the strictest dress code location!

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Alter the Pope preaches from

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This is the only autographed work of Michelangelo

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The dome is around 445 feet tall, whereas the alter is only around 100 feet tall

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Some Popes created very intricate tombs for themselves

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Pope embalmed in wax in his tomb

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Castle of the Angel

We got back from Rome just in time for dinner. The show for the evening was the East Coast Boys who covered Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were fun and entertaining. We were so tired from walking all day that we went to straight to bed. No fun activities in the evening for us.

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