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At the Colosseum
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50,000 spectators used to sit here
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Underground staging area for animals and contestants
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Arch of Constantine commemorates his victory over Maxentius
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Local guide by Arch of Titus commemorates his conquest of Judea
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The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda)
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Temple of Castor built in gratitude for victory at the Battle of Lake Regillus
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Roman Forum
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The Colosseum's facade is being restored
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Dome of St. Peter's Basilica
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Another of our great local guides at the Vatican
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Sculpture outside the Vatican
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Round Room at the Vatican Museum
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St. Peter's Basilica
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View of Rome from the Vatican Museum

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." - Gustave Flaubert

Day 12 - 13 Rome, Italy
Arch of Titus

As soon as we arrived in Rome, we dropped off our luggage and had some lunch. We quickly regrouped and walked to the center of the city where the Colosseum is located. We had a local guide (I just loved her Italian accent) who took us around and explained what the Colosseum was like in its heyday and how it came to be in such disrepair. It was easy to imagine what it was like in 80 A.D. At the time we were there, a section of the outside wall was being cleaned and restored. How amazing to see one of the wonders of the world! As if that were not enough history, we walked next door to tour the Roman Forum. There are arches and temple ruins that are not just old, I'm talkin' ancient. Right around the corner is the impressive Piazza del Campidoglio which was designed by Michelangelo. We concluded our tour at the Pantheon. We ended the day with another delicious group dinner and a wild taxi ride back to the hotel.


The next day we set out as a group to visit the Vatican. Martin gave us a lesson in how to get from point A to point B on the metro so we could find our way around Rome later in the day. Once again we had a local guide take us around and give us insights into what to look for. We saw an amazing collection of pictures, statues, tapestries, maps, murals and mosaic floors at the Vatican Museum. Next was the Sistine Chapel. It was smaller than I thought it would be but its beautiful art work exceeded my expectations. We had seen St. Peter's Basilica and Square on the news quite often. Both were bigger than I had imagined. After the tour we were on our own to explore Rome. First, after all that sightseeing, we had some lunch and had our afternoon beer a little early. We walked around Rome and saw fountains, churches and watched the crazy Italian traffic. How there are not more accidents is beyond me. I wish we had seen more of Rome, but I think all the activities were finally catching up to us. The spirit was willing but the feet were weak.


St Peter's Basilica & Vatican City

My inspiration in Rome came from a lovely lady in our group who told us that she had been lighting a candle in every church we had visited so far and saying a prayer for peace. We looked at some of the most beautiful and historic churches in the world on this tour. I thought that would be a wonderful way to end each visit to the churches we visit.

"That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace."- Pope Francis


    • Colosseum
    • Roman Forum
    • Sistine Chapel
    • Vatican Museum
    • St. Peter's Basilica and Square
    • Gelato
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