The 2013 aborted cruise was supposed to take us to Rome for a day, including a private guided tour of the Vatican. We looked forward to that, but were only ultimately able to spend an afternoon in Rome, near the center city. In a whirlwind walking tour on our own, we saw the Coliseum, The Spanish Steps, and The Trevi Fountain, as well as some the ancient ruins around that part of the city. We considered ourselves fortunate to see what we did see.
So we looked forward to this trip to Rome even more. We did get our private tour – a group of six of us – and it was rewarding. We saw the Coliseum again – this time the inside – and the Spanish Steps again. As I looked back up the Spanish Steps at the blatantly material – and relatively new advertisement backdrop, I couldn’t help but wonder what the original architect (Francesco de Sanctis) and the original Roman builders in the 1700’s would have thought of them today?
Unfortunately, The Trevi Fountain is now under repair, and our friends were disappointed not to see it. Even so, we were still able to toss the coin over our backs into the fountain, which is said to guarantee a return trip to Rome. We are ready. It is a pretty amazing city, and I would like to spend a couple more leisurely days and evenings there.
The trip to The Vatican is a “must-do” for any student of history, and particularly for believers in the Catholic faith. But it is somewhat disappointing in that it is incredibly crowded. Our private guide assured us that it is like this every day it is open. There is a huge and formidable art exhibit in the Vatican, which has in the nature of a mile of halls with original artwork. There is no possible way to see it all in a short visit and the crowds are so thick that it is really difficult to appreciate it. But we were there!
One of the coolest things we saw in The Vatican was the Sistine Chapel. I found the apparatus to allow the smoke to release when the College of Cardinals elects a Pope fascinating. Unfortunately for us photographers, no photography is allowed in the chapel.
There are, nonetheless, some “obligatory” images at the Vatican, and I tried to make them, including St. Peter’s Square, the Papal Residence, and of course, the official palace guards.
The remainder of our time in Rome we saw some things we had not seen in our first visit, including the Mayor’s Palace, and the Roman Forum.
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