Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Upon arriving to Rome, I knew that the one thing I wanted to see was the Vatican. I heard from several sources that getting in required waiting in an endless line of tourists. Prepared for hours of waiting, Liz Caskey and I woke up earlier than college students ever should, and made our way to Vatican City. We soon realized that this so called “long line” was just and myth and really only took twenty minutes. Now having the whole day ahead of us, Liz and I ended up getting more out of Rome in one day than we had anticipated.

The columns aligning St. Peter’s Square left the two of us in awe. Saint Peter’s Basilica stood at the front of the square as the clear focal point of the structure.

Liz and I had to capture our excitement in front of a fountain of the square before entering the Basilica.

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, light shining through gave the church a majestic feel. The large interior filled with colors and detail gave us a lot to look at.

We then made our way around the corner to the Museum for some more Vatican fun.

The Vatican Museum displayed all different types of art, ranging from tapestries to maps. The building contained long thin hallways with radiant, beautiful ceilings.

The Spanish Steps are a great place to sit down and enjoy the scenery. However, Liz and I decided to walk up the entire structure and burn off our lunch.

Finally we made it to a significant symbol of the Roman Empire, The Colosseum.

The age of the Colosseum was even more apparent from the inside. Learning about all of the gruesome stories of gladiator fights, it was hard to believe we were where they actually took place.

Shops and lights follow the Tiber River, making Rome just as beautiful at night.

After meeting some friends for an Italian dinner, gelato was only a necessity for Ann, Liz, and I.

We ended the night at the Trevi Fountain to enjoy its beauty and converse with other tourists. While throwing a coin into the water, I could only wish that the remainder of my time in Rome would live up to this day.

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