I feel like I should just say it right now, Rome was stinkin' awesome! Way better than I expected! Like I would love to go visit it again awesome! Not necessarily do any of the touristy sites but just hang out in the city. It was way cleaner, greener, and prettier than Florence. (at least the little bit of Rome we saw) I was also very surprised about how awesome the Metro was! It was very easy to use. So were the buses! Anyway, my point is, I was kinda intimidated of Rome. I thought it was going to be a disaster, but it was pretty darn wonderful!
Of course we had a game plan. It started with a 4:45 am wake up call to walk the .7 miles to the train in Florence. Then we rode the train over to Rome. The scenery on the train was unbelievably beautiful! The vegetation was so pretty, farms, villas, fields of sunflowers, rivers... it was a total dream. (Sorry no pics)
When we got to Rome we first got a metro/bus pass for 7 euro for the day. We took the metro straight to Trevi Fountain. I could not believe how uncrowded it was at the fountain! I mean sure, it was like 8:30 in the morning but still!!!!
And then we walked passed the Spanish Steps(Under construction) on our way to the entrance of Roma!
Then on the the Pantheon
I love the simplicity and complexity of the Pantheon's dome ceiling the best......... and let's talk about these soldiers for a sec. It's kinda hard to take them serious with a feather in their cap..... even if they are holding ak47s.
My favorite picture to take in the Sistine Chapel if for no other reason than the security guards are constantly yelling out, "Shhhhhhh NO pictures! Be quiet! No pictures."
After a delicious lunch of zucchini and tomato pizza we took a bus over to the Roman Forum and Colosseum. OH but first... of course some gelato!
The Roman Forum