Last weekend I went on a trip with the school to Rome! We left Florence on Saturday morning and went straight to the Coliseum. Unfortunately, it rained pretty hard all morning and the coliseum was covered in scaffolding so it wasn't as beautiful as I had expected it to be.
|The Roman Forum|
After, we walked around the Roman Forum which was originally the central market in ancient Rome. It was amazing to see columns and such built in 7th century BC still standing in their original form! Following the Forum we took a bus to the Vatican City. Our tour guides said they haven't seen the line to get through the city walls as long as it was that day in centuries! We waited in line for over 2 1/2 hours just to get through. When we finally got through we walked through each of the Vatican Museums including: Raphael's Room, The Gallery of Maps (my favorite), and the Sistine Chapel until we finally reached St. Peter's Basilica.
|The Gallery of Maps|
While walking through each of these beautiful rooms, we were more worried about getting trampled over by all of the other tourists trying to squeeze their way through. I would love to go back one day when it's less crowded, if possible, and spend a little more time admiring each room. St. Peter's Basilica was a little more spacious considering it is, after all, the largest Catholic church in the world. It was stunning, both inside and outside.
|Inside St. Peter's Basilica|
|Altare della Patria|
|A painted tomb in the Catacombs|