Rome. The capital city of Italy known as the eternal city, as it goes back to the early years of civilization. The Romans believed that their city was founded in the year 753 BC although modern historians believe it was the year 625 BC. With thanks to the Roman era and its history, Rome is now an immensely popular tourist attraction, with many millions visiting yearly for a feeling of how the Romans enjoyed the tortuous thrills of the Colosseum and a glimpse of Michelangelo’s famous works in the Sistine Chapel. Moreover, that is exactly what I went to see, with stops in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Venezia and the Vatican Museum.
Once I hopped off the train from Naples, I was greeted with 32 degrees of warmth and treated by enjoying one of Italy’s famous creations, the ice-cream. I went on a tour bus and saw the city from up high with the sun bearing down. The weather was perfect, for me anyway. Our first stop was the Colosseum, stepping inside there is a museum, and you can imagine how the crowds enjoyed watching the battles from up close. There is much walking to do heading towards the Colosseum, and the line was rather long as well. It is always like this especially in Summer, just remember to keep hydrated and the heat will not be a problem. Once inside, it was rather chaotic, and people were hoarding the place, but totally worth it.
After visiting the Colosseum for approximately 2/3 hours, I hopped back onto the tour bus, and it took me to the Vatican, in Vatican City, which is geographically a new country. While I was in the country which is residence to the Vatican, I went to visit the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s breathtaking fresco paintings. After spending a good amount of time admiring the art, a great way to enjoy the rest of the time there is to walk only a short distance, to arrive at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Known for holding some of the most important masses and a threshold for many millions of Catholics, the building is filled with further artworks and scultpures envased with polished gold. No matter how many people are inside at one time, it is a peaceful place where one can sit down and admire the building and reassemble ones thoughts after a chaotic day. Once you step foot, the noise from outside dries out and you are enlightened with little mutters, a joy to ones ears.
Rome still persues its antiguity and is immensley proud of its history, as they should be. This city has transformed and merged being modern with holding true to its roots, and being passionate about its uniqueness. It truly is a special city with many characteristics and of course the father of many delicious dishes we enjoy today! Now, I will leave you with a few photos below, including a couple from the Sistine Chapel which is against the rules to take photos inside the building. However, I had to! Maybe I never have the chance of returning! As always, I hope you all have happy travels and if you have visited Rome or you are planning a visit I would love to hear from you.