Friends/Family: I’m sorry I haven’t posted any pictures from my recent trips yet. As you can imagine, we’ve been very busy. Since my last post, we have been to Turin and Rome! Both of which were amazing. Especially Rome.
We had the opportunity to go to Turin last Wednesday as part of a school field trip. While there we visit the Museo Egizio, an Egyptian museum. It was HUGE and very interesting. We had an audio tour guide that explained everything in English (thank goodness). I completely forgot to take any pictures while at the Museum and in Turin in general. Below are the only pictures I took. Sorry I don’t have more!
We spent last Saturday and Sunday in Rome. Rome has been my favorite city BY FAR. It’s incredibly historic and so, so beautiful. Two days is not enough time to see all of the wonderful history Rome has to offer. We really wanted to stay longer so that we could take our time touring the city. Let me tell you though, we made the most of our short time. We left Piacenza at 6:30am Saturday. The train ride took about 4 hours. Thankfully, Lucia gave us a map of Rome with pictures of all of the major sites bolded so that we had some idea of where to go. On our way to our apartment (which was AMAZING), we stopped at a few of the sites and, of course, took plenty of pictures.
Once we dropped our backpacks off at the apartment and took a quick breath, we set out for the Colosseum. Yes, THE COLOSSEUM. It. Was. So. Cool. And don’t worry, I took lots of pictures this time. I mean, this thing opened in 80AD. 80! Just look at it!
Right next to the Colosseum is Palatine Hill and Forum Romanum. “Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other.”
Sunday we went straight to the Vatican, Vatican S. Peter and Castel S. Angelo. The line to go into the church as about a 2 hour wait. We simply didn’t have the time to stand in line. There’s too much to see! BUT we did get to go into the center and see the Pope speak. That’s right, THE POPE. It was awesome!
Next, we saw the Pantheon. That was pretty cool. It used to be a Roman temple. It serves as a church now.
Next, the Trevi Fountain! It was SO beautiful (I know I use that word a lot, but it really is!) It’s extravagant and stands 85 feet high and stretches 65 feet across. We actually made a stop here on Saturday and again on Sunday. We could’t get enough. And I made sure to throw a coin in and make a wish…both times.
Our next big stop was the Spanish Steps, or Scalina Spagna. Unfortunately it was SO busy that you can hardly see the steps in my pictures. But they are wonderful, trust me.
I won’t include all of the details of the rest of the places we stopped (because there are a LOT of places), but I will share all of the pictures. Like I said before, there is no way to see all Rome has to offer in just 2 days. I would love to come back and spend a week in this city. Anyone want to join me??
Here’s the map we used to navigate and record our experiences!
My next excursion post will be about Venice! We are going there tomorrow to spend the day. You have no idea how excited I am to ride in a gondola. No. Idea.