Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day Ten: Rome

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Oh, Rome. If I had to narrow down to my top 3 favorite cities that we visited, this one would definitely be there. I loved the way it was a HUGE city but felt so small. I loved the squares every 500 feet and the outdoor cafes and the ruins that were literally everywhere. I was like a wide eyed very excited child snapping pictures every two seconds…of absolutely everything. There was SO much to see but I'm glad we got to see lots of beautiful things and I couldn't stop thinking of all of the history incredible there. 
I'm not going to try and explain every building or statue because I really don't remember half of the things I took pictures of, but just enjoy looking at all the beautiful things, because that's the most important, right? Right. 
The gates to get into the old, historical part of the city 




No one warned me that we were walking so close to the colosseum and all of a sudden I turn the corner and see this! It was amazing. 

some ruins across the street 





Arch of Constantine 







Trevi Fountain! I was not prepared for this and I blame it all on the Lizzie McGuire Movie. I was fully expecting it to be much smaller but was so excited to be wrong! 


This is a shopping center that we walked through and I torturously not allowed to stop and shop. 





We happened to stumble upon a protest. #casual 






The Pantheon! Here started my excited, completely in a daze, running around which led me to lose my tour group. But have no fear, I took pictures of absolutely everything before I found them again. 


The square in front of the Pantheon. There were students putting on a little concert with their instruments and it was awesome! 

Building across from the square 

Anddd, we're back















I think this was the building for their senators (or the Italian equivalent anyway)


The fountain has 4 statues on the sides representing the 4 seasons! 



Justice Palace! 





St. Peter's Basilica! 













The Holy Doors that are opened every 25 years I believe! 






Michelangelo's Pieta! 

















My pictures will never be able to convey the sheer size and magnificence of The Vatican, but just look at the people compared to the height of the ceiling..sort of gives you an idea 






Swiss guards, stationed there because it was thought that during a conflict they were the only ones who would remain impartial and loyal 


Hannah and I at the Colosseum 

touching the foot of a saint for good luck

In two countries at one fulfilling my "Walk to Remember" dreams…The Vatican and Italy, btw. 


Throwing my coin! 


So excited I can't even move. #icanteven 



So that's all folks! I've been back for two weeks and I've finally shared most of all my pictures! Does this mean I'm finally back to reality and really not on holiday anymore? 

Have you ever been to Rome? What was your favorite part?
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