…do the tourist thing and look agog at the sites. Julio and I went to Roma on Saturday, and it was incredible. We saw, among other things, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. We left for the train station at 6:30am and arrived in Rome at about 11am. Since we knew we only had 6 hours to see everything and be back at the Rome station, we had to book it. It’s a good thing that we went when we did, because for this past week state museums were free. We took full advantage. With nothing but a map, a backpack full of snacks and other necessities, and our tennis shoes, we set off walking down the streets of Rome. The first place we went was the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and soon thereafter, the Colosseum. The Colosseum was tied with the Sistine Chapel at the top of our list of places we MUST see, even if it meant crossing the River Styx and out-running a herd of stampeding elephants. Fortunately, we did not have to do either of those things, and the visit went smoothly. We saw it first from the trail we took through some trees, which overlooked the Colosseum. From the trail, we could both see the “building” and hear a peddler playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow on his clarinet, on a side-path nearby.
After the Colosseum, we stopped at Foro Romano (the Roman Forum), Piazza Venezia (where there is, nearby, one Trajan’s Column, which we also saw), and finally stopped for lunch at Trevi Fountain. I made a wish (that I’d live to see a flying porcus) and sacrificed 20 cents to the fountain.
After lunch, we walked to the Pantheon, which was FAR more impressive than I ever thought. In the textbooks it looks so small! I mean, I’m not an idiot, I do realize that the photos in the textbooks are only 3x4in, but I thought that, being a temple, it would maybe be as big as a neighborhood church (you know, the ones that are usually on the corner). No; it was huge. Like cathedral huge.
Finally, we made it to the Vatican, and saw the Sistine Chapel. It. Was. Awesome!
Now, on to the photos!