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A Trip to Italy

October 20th, 2016 | by Annie
A Trip to Italy
Travel
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It was crispy Fall weather, the kind which makes a girl want to try on short skirts with stockings and heels.  This was a call to Italy with friends for an Engagement party and I only packed heels for night time outings, because Italy is all about proper walking footwear.

Italy has roughly 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture.  I made my way to Italian Renaissance’s gift to humanity, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, where I discovered the masters best creations like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. We even got free tickets for what they call an Audience with the Pope.  The tickets were from a couple of priests who saw us wandering with the rest of the tourists. We asked them where we could get to see the Pope and they said we could have their very own tickets for the visit.  We couldn’t accept such a generous offer but they were convinced we were more worthy and so we thanked them profusely and got ready for the Wednesday visit.

The Roman Forum and the Colosseum, they are what we recall as the Roman Empire.  And it is beautiful that Italy has preserved so many of these historic sites.  One day I was climbing to the top of the Spanish Steps, looking over the city and then made a short walk from there to the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, the famous and most beautiful Trevi fountain.  The detail within this somewhat small space is nothing short of incredible.  One thing to note is there are fountains on every block in Rome. They are used today for fresh potable water or simply for looks. While some fountains are grandly ornamented, others less so but they are always a welcome site and locals will always gather near a fountain.

Getting around Rome on foot can be done but they also have an excellent rail system. For our week in Rome we chose a hotel within four blocks of the Vatican but we took the light rail train system to get into and out of the city of Rome where we visited the Coliseum.  There is quite a lot of the Coliseum remaining and while it has wilted over time there is a considerable amount remaining and being recovered.  You can imagine the lions being released on the early Christians and the sport made of their outwardly meek but very worldly lives laying the future groundwork for a modern and caring democratic society.  Walk almost any direction from the Coliseum and you will find ancient ruins which will absolutely wow and you can’t help but come away with a greater interest in this ancient history.

Me walking the quite grand grounds of the Vatican courtyard, with St. Peters Basilica behind me.

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Here I am literally inside St. Peter’s Basilica

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And now a walk past the Angel statue at Ponte Sant’Angelo (Bridge of Saint Angelo)

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