Rome is Freakin Sweet
Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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Veio Park Hotel
Rome was really really cool! I met a friend that I met in a previous city in Rome and we explored the sights together for 6 days. The first day we went to Vatican City and tried to see the sights. The line was the longest I have ever seen yet at a tourist place so far . The thing was wrapped half way around and back some on the piazza so we decided to make it there a lot earlier than 1130. So we headed out to Piazza de Popolo which was pretty cool. Then we made our way south and saw the Spanish Steps-which actually have nothing to do with Spaniards in anyway. I think the church on top was a gift from the French and somehow the steps are called Spanish. Afterward we made it to the Fountain di Trevi which was awesome! It had Neptune and some other dudes. The thing was so awesome to see
The next day we went to the Coliseum. Just seeing the thing from the outside was really cool. Knowing that people were fighting to the death with each other and other wild exotic animals was cool. The Coliseum is only a fragment of its former self but it is still neat to see. Knowing that it was built 2,000 years ago and probably looked insanely big for its time, makes it pretty cool. Just walking around the place was really amazing! Fun fact: The floor used to be made of wood with sand on top and had a bunch of trap doors and pulleys so they could put people and animals into the ring. Afterward we went to the Palatino site and Fort Romano. Palatino is an old villa/estate thing that is so massive it took us a few hours to not even make it through the whole thing. It was riddled with all kind of old buildings, stadium, ruins galore, bath houses, and everything else a rich guy would need to live in the lap of luxury. The place was strewn with old walls, columns, and tablets from back in the day. We almost finished the whole thing before a grumpy lady came through kicking everyone out. She seemed to be in a big hurry to get home because there was no time for pictures for anyone. It was comical!
The next day we went to underground Christian graves known as Catacombs
The next day we went a pretty awesome museum. They had a TON of statues. I thought I had seen a lot statues before this place. I saw a lot of incredible ones that were so neat to see. There were body part statues that were bigger than me. So that means that back in the day, there were some really big statues. There were 2 feet, 2 hands, and a really big head that were all bigger than me. Now if they were all together, that would have been a sight to see. Afterward, we went to another museum that wasn't that good. Probably because it was slightly empty, and seemed to get all the stuff that the bigger ones couldn't handle. So it was a bit lame.
Vaticay City day. We managed to get out quite early and made it there at 8:30 and well before the crowds. The Piazza(Square) itself is a sight to behold. I read that there are 300,000 people in the square when the Pope makes his prayers from the balcony of the Basilica. It is an oval shape with 2 huge fountains, and huge statues lining the top of the oval structure. It was free to get into the Basilica and let me tell you in one word, WOW!! This is the MECCA of churches. Everything is so big, incredibly detailed, and freakin awesome to see. The ceiling was so dam big and had so many paintings and stuff all along the dome and what not. After my obligatory holy water for myself(Not Catholic), we walked around the place for a bit. There was some famous statue of St Peter who everyone touches his feet for whatever reason. And naturally I did too. They had a guy just to monitor that. After, we paid our money so we could walk up the top of the Basilica.
The last day, we kind of milled around the city walking around and finishing the stuff that we couldn't see the first few days. Nothing really comes to mind so it must have not been that memorable. There was a pretty cool piazza though.
After 6 awesome days in Rome with a great friend, it was time to split ways once again.