Highlights and Recap of Rome, Italy

Highlights and Recap of Rome, Italy

On April 1st, I left the United States to go to Europe for the first time. Other than a short layover in Amsterdam, the beginning of the trip was Rome, Italy. My biggest observation after spending a couple days there was the large amount beautiful art and architecture. It was honestly overwhelming, not that it is a bad thing. It was very crowded even though early April is far from the height of peak tourist season. I suppose that comes with the territory of going to see world famous attractions though. Luckily having advanced tickets for the Vatican Museum and the Colosseum saved a considerable amount of time. Overall seeing these amazing places , detailed below, was well worth any trouble. The next stop on the trip, named Intro to Europe I, is Florence, Italy. Stay tuned.

Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum is one of the largest museums in the world and hosts the various art pieces collected by the Popes over the years. Perhaps the most famous part of the Vatican Museum is the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Unfortunately photography was not allowed there so I don't have a picture of it.

St Peter's Basilica

The largest Christian church in the world, St Peter's Basilica is the most prominent building in Vatican City. I spoke before about the architecture in Rome being overwhelming and St Peter's may be the best example. I could try to describe it with words but I think the pictures below do a better job. It was free to enter the church however there is a line for security which took about 45 minutes.

Colosseum

Completed in 80 AD, the Colosseum at one point could hold as many as 80,000 spectators. Although partially ruined, the largest travertine structure in the world, gives an idea to the grandeur of ancient Rome.

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Palatine/Roman Forum

Next to the Colosseum is the Roman Forum and the ruins of other ancient government buildings. The Forum was the center of old Rome. One ticket offers entry to both this area and the Colosseum.

Pantheon

Formally a Roman Temple, the Pantheon now serves as a Catholic church. It has been in continuous use since its completion around 128 AD and is one of the best preserved buildings from the time period. Its dome is still the largest non-reinforced concrete dome in the world. It is free to enter and the line to get in only took a few minutes.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was commissioned by the Pope in 1672 and completed in 1762. It was built to replace an existing fountain on the site of one of the oldest water sources in Rome.

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps were completed in 1725 to connect the Trinità dei Monti church at the top with the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom.

Altare della Patria

Altare della Patria is a national monument built to Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.

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