The ROMAN Empire

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Friday, June 20, 2008

Today we left Florence on our way to rome, not before seeing the city on a guided tour stopping to see the leather makers.  There were also a lot of Gold an Silver Merchant, where Alicia bought her "puzzle" ring.

Moving into Rome, we did an orientation tour of the city, then we stopped at the Famous Trevi Fountain, where we threw in our Canadian pennies for luck!! We hoped the Gypsies appreciated the lack of usable currency =)
We then saw the oldest building in Europe 5000 BC the Pantheon, what an amazing building indeed, I don't know how they built it in those days but it still stands today, unchanged.  It still has the origianl doors an locking mechanisms from then-Incredible!!

We had a Traditional dinner of Brushetta an hand made fresh pasta, delicious.  After dinner it was time to look around the square eat some Gelato an watch the busking entertainment, it was great.

In the morning we decided to have a bit of a relaxed day an not go out till the afternoon.  Most of the others did an Imperial Rome tour that took them 2 hours with lots of walking...they wished they had done similar to us!!  After we picked them up in town we all went to a lake a few towns away, it was a great day all round.  The lake was a lot of fun, it was near the Castle where Tom & Katie Cruise got married-Very plush .

The next moring we left Rome not before going into the Vatican City.  The line was long but we got through quite quickly, we B lined it to the Sisten Chapel saw the work of Micheal Angelo who lied on his back for 4 years to produce such greatness.  Then it was a race again to St.Peter's Basillica to get in the line, though the security checks an into the World's Biggest Church.  What an amzing place full of wonder an awe.  This place was truely sacred an it humbled you to be inside a living work of art, that Rafael himself painted at the same time M. Angelo created the Sisten chapel. So beautiful, I'm glad that we had just enough time to see them both!!

Enjoy Rome....
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