We finished our Italian adventure in Rome. We were tired when we arrived in Rome and exhausted as we left Rome, but we completed our mission: to leave no sight unseen and no dome unclimbed.
Our first day in Rome, we traveled to Vatican City (its own independent country). We were lucky enough to be in town on the last Sunday of the month because the Vatican Museum was free…but we had to wait in line for an hour just to pass through security! The Vatican Museum houses Greek and Roman sculptures dating back thousands of years as well as the famous Sistine Chapel. After lunch, we visited St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. To climb its dome was 323 steps only because we paid two extra Euro to take an elevator instead of climb the first 231 steps.
We took our first night walk along Via del Corso and through the historic district. The ancient ruins glowed in the moonlight as we viewed history from long ago.
Our last day in Rome we spent seeing the ancient ruins. We visited the Colosseum, toured the Roman Forum, and visited the Pantheon. We were struck by how OLD everything was. Our last evening we dined in Campo de’ Fiori, visited Trevi Fountain, and walked to the Spanish Steps. It was amazing and romantic to enjoy Italy with one another. We loved learning, seeing, and experiencing another country on our greatest adventure yet.