On Sunday Sep 23rd, we stopped at the Spanish Steps for a photo, along with a million other tourists! After the sun went down, we found a table at one of the hundreds of open air restaurants nearby for dinner. I love the evening atmosphere in Rome… so magical… outdoor cafe’s spilling onto tiny back alleys; cars, motorbikes, musicians, restauranteurs…Rome is definately La Dolce Vite.(the sweet life) The other picture is us on day 3, at the Piazza Venezia; that’s the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier behind us. No-one can sit on those steps…they are under 24 hr guard. Dave got the afternoon off from work, and we took a tour to the catacombs just outside of the old city wall. That was interesting and enlightening… I always thought that’s where Christians hid from persecution, but in fact that is only a legend…catacombs were Christian buriel places which formed a maze of alleys and tunnels in the volcanic rock underground.
The Vatican Museums, are breathtaking in the scope of the collections. I loved the Raphael rooms.(left) The incredible ceiling paintings throughout the whole expanse of the museums is absolutely jaw-dropping…and the Michelangelo paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is but only one of them! To the right is just one of the decorated ceilings in a long hall, which was full of 15th century maps and artifacts. Below is a courtyard in the museum. Five days in Rome = happy Sally!
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