Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rome, Italy

These are the last of our Italy pictures - from our final stop in Rome! You may have seen more of our Rome visit here. I'm so glad we decided to add Rome to our list of cities to visit while we were in Italy, mainly because of the history. It is a big city and was not as quaint as Venice and Florence, but seeing all the history there was definitely a highlight of our trip.

We got a tour guide to take us through the Roman ancient ruins, Colosseum, and Vatican City. It was so interesting learning about the Roman empire and seeing where the ancient Roman civilization began.  I especially loved seeing the Colosseum. To see where thousands of people would gather to watch recreational games and Gladiators fight until death in the first ever stadium-like arena is mind-blowing.

Overall, the history was my favorite part of Rome and because of that, I would definitely say that it is worth visiting if you ever go to Italy. Another favorite to see is the Sistine Chapel. I was not able to get any pictures of this masterpiece because no cameras were allowed - but trust me when I say, it is one of the most incredible things you will ever see.

Drawings in The Colosseum - our tour guide told us to think of it as ancient "graffiti art"

Just as we have assigned seats in stadiums, people with power or wealth had their own seats in The Colosseum - with their family name carved in the stone 

Our guide had an overlay book to show us how the things we were looking at looked before - above you see what games would have looked like at The Colosseum in ancient times

A few other Rome favorites were the Trevi Fountain (which unfortunately was under construction, so the pics did not turn out good), St. Peter's Basilica, and the Spanish steps. There is a lot to see and do there, so if you ever go make sure to give yourself at least three days!! Thanks so much for reading!