Rome. The eternal city. Or, the city of a million tourists.
Don’t ever try to do Rome and the Vatican in a day. It will suck your soul. Especially trying to battle the 18 billion Asian tourists in the Vatican who don’t quite grasp the concept of “right of way” or “personal space”. It’s a shame really, because the Vatican is pretty impressive, regardless of what you think of the Catholic Church. I found myself just wanting to get out. I couldn’t appreciate the Sistine Chapel, what with the guards yelling “QUIET!!” every few minutes, and people taking fresco-ruining-flash-photos of the newly restored ceiling. I was so stressed out I even missed the dead popes. Seriously, that would have been my favorite.
Since Rome is obviously not on the coast, we had to take a train (packed, naturally) there, which took about an hour. We did a cheapo tour which was fine. Until we learned that my mom and sister got a private, driven tour..
The coliseum is pretty great. There is a reason it’s so famous. We didn’t go in this time, but I had done that already a few years back. We also didn’t do Palatine Hill, which was kind of a shame because I’m a little bit obsessed with the Romans… Oh well, next time.
The Pantheon is beautiful and shows how bright and colorful Roman buildings were. Preserved because it was converted into a church.
Trevi Fountain. Too busy to throw a coin in, guess I’m not going back!
I just kept thinking, if these walls could talk…
The sheer scale.. still can’t believe I missed the dead popes.
Apparently, there are over 5 million visitors per year to the Vatican. That comes down to around 14,000 per day. They are open from 9-4, so that’s 2,000 people per hour. And it feels like it..
Next up: Naples and Herculaneum.