Rome!

Greetings!

This is the second of four posts about my Spring Break.

I really liked Rome, but I struggled with it at first because it was SO unbelievably touristy. The first day we went to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and even though they were unreal, every single place I looked I saw Americans or people vacationing. Unfortunately, most of the beautiful places in the city are filled with tourists, but not all of them! (Disclaimer: I am aware that I, too, was a tourist in this context, but I like to think that I’m not as obvious as those who wear floppy hats and wear a camera around their necks.)

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The Colosseum (but you knew that)

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I know, you’re jealous of my selfie game (and also I don’t know why it looks like I have a nose ring because I most certainly do NOT)

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The Roman Forum.

From there, we continued on walking through the streets towards some of the larger squares. The first day we were there was super hot; it was probably 80 degrees, not that we were complaining. The piazza that we stopped in next made me feel like I was really in Rome because it had a fountain, gelato, artists, and musicians! Accordions give places an ambiance.

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My attempt at artsy. Some of the best gelato I’ve ever had.

After that, we made out way there to the Piazza di Trevi where the beautiful Trevi fountain is located. I felt like Lizzie McGuire.

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Every once in a while a picture like this works out…

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Just as pretty as they say. What this picture doesn’t show: how many tourists I had to push past to get this shot

Fun Fact about Rome: There are many churches in Europe that are easy to walk into when you see them (I try to make a habit because I like churches), but Rome’s churches are in a league entirely of their own. We walked into several seemingly random churches while we were walking around, and each was more breathtaking than the last. It was ridiculous. I could’ve spent an hour at each one gazing at the detail.

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A small example. 

My favorite part of Rome I think was a really lovely neighborhood named Trastevere. It had windy streets, good restaurants, and walking along the river at night was the best. We ate dinner in there both nights, and it gave us a break from other Americans around. I felt like I wasn’t in a huge ancient city, but just a smaller Italian town.

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River, river.

The second day in Rome, we went to the Vatican, which was amazing. I’ll tell you what, the ceilings in the museum are absurdly ornate. I must have thirty pictures of just ceilings on my phone. There were so many sculptures and things to look at as we were walking through.

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If anyone took Civ Arts with Dr. Drake, we studied this. That’s why I took a picture with it.

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The guards were really attentive here. But really, if they weren’t sleeping, they were on their phones. I found it kind of odd, the Vatican of all places. 

And of course, St. Peter’s Basilica doesn’t really need a description. It was unbelievable.

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The outside of the Basilica. 

Well, that’s all that we did in Rome! We headed to Florence and Venice after that, but I will put that in my next post. Stay tuned!

Suzanne

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