First Europe Trip (2009) – Rome

After visiting Berlin during our Europe trip, Rome was next. We didn’t really know what to expect in Rome, as we didn’t know much about it. Our first impression was not pleasant. The city seemed to be dirty, and smelly. We could definitely tell it was an old city. What made it even harder to enjoy it was the fact that nobody spoke English, or even attempted to. Surprisingly, I was able to speak Spanish and the Romans actually understood what I was saying.

We did however enjoy visiting the Coliseum (interesting facts about it here: Coliseum), it was intriguing to see the exact place where the gladiator games took place!

Coliseum
Coliseum

And, of course we couldn’t pass by the Vatican without visiting it. It was very crowded around the Vatican City, and we had to stand in line for tickets for about 1 hour, but it was definitely worth it.

Vatican
Vatican

Seeing the Cistine Chapel was breathtaking, it truly is the most beautiful work of art we have seen. Nobody is allowed to take pictures or videos, but every single person inside was trying to sneak in a shot (including us! see picture below).

Cistine Chapel
Cistine Chapel

While in Rome, we were hoping to see the Pope, and maybe get his blessing, but were told he only does the blessings on Sundays; unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to be there during the week-end, so we missed the pope. But there is always next time, right?

Flag Show inside the Vatican
Flag Show inside the Vatican
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