Wednesday, 15 May 2013

When In Rome Do As The Romans Do - Eat Pasta and Pizza!!

After visiting Florence we headed over to Rome.  I slept most of the bus trip as I wasn’t feeling very well – I had a sore throat and a little headache.  We arrived in Rome and we quickly got changed as we had a walking tour of Rome.  Rome is beautiful!  I would have to say that I liked it more than Florence.  There are so many beautiful things to see in Rome.  We went to the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, where were all so beautiful.

Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon

We then stopped for dinner.  B, Andy, Dee and I went to a lovely restaurant outside the Patheon.  My gnocchi that I had was the best gnocchi I have ever had!!  It had zucchini and bacon.

Best gnocchi ever!!

Our walking tour continued and we walked along to the Capitoline Museum, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.  The Colosseum is magnificent and it looks beautiful at night!

Capitoline Museum, Roman Forum and the Colosseum

The next day we had to get up really early as we were going to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.  The Vatican Museums were pretty cool and we got to see a heap of statues, art work, and more importantly all of the old Pope Mobiles.

Vatican Museum

The Sistine Chapel was beautiful and amazing!!!  It was a lot darker than I expected but you could still see the paintings really well.  I could have spent all day there staring at the roof!  When Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, he actually didn’t want to do it as he only did sculptures, not paintings.  The Pope at the time was a cruel and got him beaten up to make him do it.  He still refused, so he threatened to kill his village, so Michelangelo gave in and did it.  There is a scene on the roof however where a person is giving the finger, which was meant for the Pope.  I thought that was funny! 

St Peter’s Basilica was also beautiful and had so much detail.  It was also huge too!  There are also the tombs of some of the Popes that have been turned into Saints on display, and with some of them you can actually see them.  Thankfully we didn’t look at them!

St Peter's Basilica

We then stopped to have lunch at a restaurant just outside the Vatican City.  Lunch was delicious and I had a really yummy pizza!

Pizza and pasta time!!


We then headed off to the Colosseum to have a look at it in the light and also on the inside.  The queues were really long, however we joined a tour group and skipped the queue.  The Colosseum was amazing as it was so big.  It would have been such a grand building back in the day as when it was originally built it was covered in marble.

Colosseum!!

After the tour we also had a quick bite to eat.  We had the biggest doughnuts I have ever seen in my life!!!

Huge doughnut!!  Its bigger than me!!!

Our next walking tour was of the Palatine Hill, which are old ruins of where Rome originated from.  Whilst it was really nice to look at, by this stage I was getting hungry and tired, plus it started raining.

Palatine Hill

Finally we did what everyone does when they go to Rome – we went to the Hard Rock Café for an American dinner.  And it was delicious!!

I have really enjoyed Rome and I think that it is a lovely city.  I didn't really know too much about Rome before I arrived but I now know that I really want to come back in the future.  It has so much history and so much to see.

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