The problem with Rome, and the reason that I have not jumped in with a post or two, is that we were there for 3 days and frankly, it has all now blurred together. And it was the end of the trip and we were TIRED!! And hot. Hot and tired and almost an hour from our hotel. Which was beautiful, but we were never there. Lol. Did I mention tired?? oh yes, I did. And then there is the photo editing factor- it is quite time consuming to go through that many photos.
|Parts of the crowd at the Vatican|
|Some of the old and "new" (rebuilt) parts of the Coliseum|
Ok, to simplify this all these were the official things that we did as a group:
- Vatican City
- Roman Forum
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps
- Walking tour at night
- Walking tour of Travestere
- Appian Way
- Basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls
- Ostia Antica
- plus we shopped and then went to the Pantheon as a little group.
|Marcus Aurelius equestrian statue on the Capitoline Hill at the Piazza del Campidoglio. From approximately 176 A.D.!!|
We also lost a third of our group on the 10th day as they did not opt in for the 2 day extension, though, why they did that escapes me. I mean, if you are going to be there, why not go all in?? Oh well, it was fine and actually, really nice, as there were so many fewer people to wait for and a LOT more room on the bus. 14 of the group departed on day10. By the time Roma rolled around, some of those people were getting annoying. HA! But nothing too horrible, and nothing I care to discuss here, it really isn't that important.
|Ostia Antica- those umbrella pines, tho!!|
What was nice is having a place to stay for 3 days, no moving around of the luggages!! :) We had breakfast at the hotel and the first day we had supper there (with wine- YAY) but after that we ate out in Roma. This hotel was just huge and you could tell the in the day it was a fancy one, but it was a little past its prime. I have to say, I have never seen a hotel that had hallways as huge as this one- it was like you could fit a swimming pool in the center of it. It was odd, but fine.
|St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls: Outside the Walls of the city of ancient Rome|
|I was feeling up all the columns I could get my hands on- marble is amazing stuff|
Ok, quick hit impressions:
Vatican City- WOW was this beautiful. The buildings were spectacular, the interiors were breathtaking.... the amount of money that the church has in those places is disturbing, actually. I did love seeing the Sistine chapel, the colors of the the painting on the ceiling were superb, it was beyond words to see it in person. I also saw Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica and that was beautiful. Interesting how the artist's work brings out the crazies- that sculpture, like the David, was attacked by a person with a heavy object (hammer in this case) and so they are tucked up out of the way and of course have their own security systems. The art at the Vatican is quite amazing, and it would have been nice to be able to get to some of it to really look....
|Interior of the Basilica of St. Peters|
Coliseum- The coliseum is a tourist attraction for good reason. It is an interesting place, with lots of the inner workings of it showing under the floor. I wish I could remember more of what the tour director said, as it was quite fascinating. It was really cool to walk through there after the tour and look at things up close (touch them, too, hehehe) (I still wish I could have touched the David)
|What was below the floors of the coliseum|
|One of the Arches of Triumph in the Roman Forum|
|Part of ancient Rome|
|I believe this was a place where there was a shop in the ancient city|
|Fontana del Moro A fountain from the 16th C., the central figure was by Bernini.|
Catacombs- I have no pix of the catacombs, or very few, as none were allowed underground. We were UNDER the ground- it was a burial place along the Appian way- This kicked my claustrophobia into high gear, had to do a little slow breathing in some of the more squishy spots. Fortunately the guide relayed the information that there are ways out every so often, so you are never more than 30 seconds or so from the surface. whew. I have issues. Lol The appian way was a road, a really little road that led from the Sea to Roma I believe...
|Part of the entrance to the catacombs.... and some of the artifacts|
Walking tour of Travestere- This is a section of Roma that is very popular. Our guide Daniele assures us that he would love to have a house in that part of Rome. It is very lovely and picturesque- I think this we did the second day of Roma in the morning and then we went to the Ostia Antica.
|Part of the site of the ancient harbor town of Ostia Antica|
|Clouds, ruins, trees- amazing|
|Arches and relics|
St. Paul-Outside-the-Wall is one of many MANY churches that we saw... in fact after reviewing the photos, it is hard to tell them all apart sometimes. If one is sleepy and unresponsive to visual clues.... The was the last one, though, and because it had some rocking cool columns, I do remember this one pretty well. But oy, the churches and more churches and their bossy clothing rules...
|Inside the church of St. Paul|
AND the very last day in Roma, we were able to have the whole afternoon to ourselves, and we chose to go see the Pantheon- after we did a little shopping of course. I was wishing that I would have picked up the olive oil I wanted to get earlier, as I had to do some hunting to find what I wanted. But there is that whole thing about dragging this stuff around in your suitcase!
|Dome of St. Peters, Vatican City|
Our trip ended with a wake up call at 2:30 in the am- we had to board the bus at 3 to get to the airport EARLY so we could get on board to leave about 6:30 am.... We made our flight with no problems, flew Dutch airlines, got to Amsterdam and made it to our connecting flight with a little time to spare. This girl got no sleep whatsoever on the trip back to the States. But boy did I sleep when I got back here.
|Changing of the Swiss Guard, Vatican City|
I have a feeling, now that I have gotten this post sketched out that there could be a few random Italy posts as I remember some of it. And I have to clear the way for some additional things I have rolling around in my mind.
|Inside St. Peter's|
|Exterior shot in Vatican City|
|Part of the Bernini Fountain|
I think that the 30 plus photos here are enough for one post, so it seems like I probably have an additional at least picture post still coming.... but I have a kayak trip and a Bayfield trip coming down the pipe here, so I guess patience is the best thing for all of us here!
|The Romans call this the Wedding Cake - it makes a great landmark!|
I can't believe it has been a month now since I have returned. This was a time I will treasure in my memory and I HAVE to get myself back there some day soon.
Until then, the joys will be found in Wisconsin! :)