Feeling the heat in Rome

After a few days of soaking in art and culture in Florence, we were ready to enter the ancient city of Rome. We arrived in the evening so after meeting up with relatives, they took us to see the Vatican and the Colosseum. Both structures would be revisited several times during our stay in this historic city.

The fact that Rome is an ancient city is never forgotten for any tourist. At every corner there are ruins or old buildings to see. It’s amazing to actually see in person the great gladiator arena or walk the path that Julius Caesar used. One thing I didn’t like though was the lack of trees in the city. It was so hot and humid!

We would have loved to spend more time here to see the catacombs or take a tour of the unseen areas of the Colosseum. More places to return to next time (maybe in another season).

Colosseum – my favorite structure in Rome. Bucket list!
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Arch of Constantine beside the Colosseum
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Spanish Steps
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Fontana di Trevi – unfortunately, it was under renovation at the time. I wasn’t able to ensure my return to Rome by tossing a coin.
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Fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona
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Il Vittoriano – a relatively new structure near the forum. Has good views of the city from the top or so I’m told.
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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – center of the government in ancient Rome. Walking through it feels like you’re going back in time. I mistakenly forgot to put batteries in my camera when we went here so most of the pictures I had were taken via a gopro.
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View of the Forum from Palatine Hill
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Pantheon – one of the best preserved ancient structures. It has the largest unreinforced dome in the world
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Castillo del San Angelo – beautiful little castle near the Vatican. I believe it was used as a prison at one point. Too bad we weren’t able to explore it.
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St. Peter’s Basilica – the seat of the Catholic church. Looking lines are typical here and in the Vatican museum. Tour guides offer to shorten that by passing through the express line and taking a shortcut from the museum to the basilica. We were to cheap to avail of their services but we still managed to see both (and also sneak into the basilica via the shortcut) 😀
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Sunset at the Orange Grove
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