Colosseum and Vatican city

Today we had a couple of walking tours scheduled for the morning, the first was at the Colosseum. Our tour guide gave us a detailed explanation of everything from how it was built to how the gladiators were chosen. Then we were given a little bit of time to go check out the enormous arena on our own. Here are a few of the pictures we took.

only one of these arches is original, the rest have been reconstructed

After the Colosseum our guide took us to check out some old Roman ruins across the street. These included a vestile villa, the place where Caesar was cremated, and emperor Tiberius’ house. It was amazing to see how well-preserved everything was. Even today it all still looks massive.

After a short lunch we headed over to the Vatican City to take a tour of the Vatican museums. Our guide started out by explaining to us the details of everything we were going to see inside, before we even got there. This was because once we got inside there were so many people that it was hard to stay together. We were able to see numerous galleries with famous paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and even some old roman artifacts like bathtubs. Eventually we were able to make our way through the crowd to the Sistine Chapel where we were blown away by the beautiful ceiling and walls. It wasn’t quite as big as we expected, but it was still amazing. Then we went into St. Peter’s Basilica which was just as beautiful as the chapel. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel, but here are some photos from the camera-friendly basilica.

the basilica dome

After a long day of walking and waiting in lines, we headed back to the hotel. Tomorrow we fly to Sicily.

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