Palatine and Roman Forum (Rome, Italy)

From the Colosseum, our guide led us on a walk through the Roman Forum, an area between the Palatine and Capitoline hills that served as ancient Rome's commercial area. All the buildings now lay in ruins, with only pediments, partial columns, arches and fragments of floors remaining after 2,000 years. The state of the ruins,... Continue Reading →

The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

It was our first stop of the day, the tour led by a special guide who later led us through the Roman Forum.┬áConsidered the greatest example of ancient Roman engineering, the Colosseum still largely stands in the center of Rome, even after several major earthquakes and the ravages of time took their toll. There were... Continue Reading →

Pantheon (Rome, Italy)

Walking through the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, all we could see of the Pantheon was the portico with classic Corinthian columns that fronted a large, gray circular structure. As we stepped inside the building through the original bronze doors, we were awestruck by the sheer size of the interior, its immense and lofty dome,... Continue Reading →

St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican, Italy)

After dinner, the tour group returned to Vatican City to see arguably the most famous church in all of Christendom. Huge throngs of people were already flooding St. Peter's Square. Burial site for its namesake and numerous popes as well as papal basilica, St. Peter's Basilica is not only a destination for the Catholic faithful... Continue Reading →

The Sistine Chapel (Vatican, Italy)

The Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling is adorned with the fresco masterpieces painted by Michelangelo, outside of being the site of Papal conclaves, is more than a destination for tourists. It is arguably one of the great achievements of Renaissance art, even more remarkable for the fact that Michelangelo really didn't want to do it even... Continue Reading →

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