Week 5: Exploring Rome

Hello everyone, this last weekend in Italy I embarked on an exciting final trip to the marvelous city of Rome! This, by far, was the highlight of my trip and I had been waiting my whole life to see the famous city. Let me begin by saying, the massive size of the city and all that resides within it’s boundaries certainly withhold the classic saying: Rome wasn’t built in day. So, while in Rome, I began by first exploring the Vatican City and looking at St. Peters basilica and square. The whole area was composed of impressive architecture and beautiful white marble. I enjoyed the view so much and felt a great feeling of gratefulness, because I was able to be present before such a place that I had always wanted to see in person. After this, we left to the Colosseum, because it was brought to my attention that all the Vatican museums would be open for free to the public that Sunday (the following day).

Upon arrival of the Colosseum I was also thankful that my friends who had visited Rome before me recommended that I get a skip the line pass, because line I saw for regular admission was very long. The line wrapped around a good portion of the Colosseum itself. Once inside, you can’t help but be amazed by the enormous size of the structure and imagine what it might have looked like almost 2000 years ago. After this, I roamed around to see the impressive collection of the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill left surrounding the Colosseum, which required a lot of walking. Near the end of the day, I embarked on one last voyage to see the Trevi Fountain at night, which somehow was still immensely crowded at such a late time in the day.

The following day was one of my favorites of the whole trip, because I was informed that the Vatican Museums were open for free to the public on the last Sunday of the month. This just happened to be right when I was visiting Rome, so of course I didn’t pass up this sweet deal and visited all the museums. I had arrived early to the entrance to avoid the crowd that was inevitably going to form, but I didn’t arrive early enough because I stood in line for 45 minutes even though I had arrived an hour early. The wait was definitely worth it in the end, because I was able to see so many great works of art pertaining to the Catholic Church’s history and most impressively, I was able to see the Sistine Chapel. Sadly, no pictures are allowed, but it was understandable since it was a place of worship. Nonetheless, it was an absolute to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Coincidentally, while I was leaving I had a friendly encounter with USF men’s soccer’s own Adrian Billhardt, who is a native of Germany and was also visiting Peter’s Basilica which was where the exit was for the Vatican Museums.

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