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The Vatican

No question, the Roman Catholic Church is the wealthiest entity on earth.  A one day visit to the Vatican only scrapes the surface, but the amount of property, buildings, artwork and antiquities boggles the mind.  And the items on display only represent a small fraction of all the items in storage.

If you plan to visit, leave lots of time.  And be prepared to share the sights with others…. the Vatican is a huge tourist attraction.  But if you have the chance to spend a day do so… the visual impact is worth it.

This beautiful statue caught my eye

This beautiful statue caught my eye

Looking up in the Church

Looking up in the Church

Michelangelo's first statue

Michelangelo’s first statue

The Altar in St Peters church

The Altar in St Peters church

Artwork everywhere

Artwork everywhere

Always look up

Always look up

Wall paintings

Wall paintings

Beautiful ceiling artwork

Beautiful ceiling artwork

More Michelangelo work

More Michelangelo work

Fabric wall coverings

Fabric wall coverings

Even the ceilings have statues

Even the ceilings have statues

The floor is magnificent as well

The floor is magnificent as well

This one piece of marble was a bath

This one piece of marble was a bath

Continued ceiling work

Continued ceiling work

Statues everywhere

Statues everywhere

An artists depiction of the RC Church covering the world

An artists depiction of the RC Church covering the world

The Rion (or pinecone) represents the Vatican region of Rome

The Rion (or pinecone) represents the Vatican region of Rome

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The Coliseum and the Forum

Some 2,000 years ago, the Forum and the Coliseum were the center of Roman civilization.  The consisted of enormous churches, palaces, shopping malls, sports arenas and public buildings.  Over the centuries, they suffered a lack of upkeep,   as well as outright looting.  Despite this, the evidence of their building ability is still on display.  Now, it is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archeological excavations.   A fascinating visit!

And, as luck would have it, we arrived on the 2,766th anniversary of Rome.  We were able to catch the tail end of a huge parade with people outfitted in garments like they were over the centuries.  So we had the original buildings, as well as representative peoples.  It was hard to narrow my pictures down to a manageable level; here are a few.

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From a distance, it doesn’t look that big.. but it held 50,000 spectators!

More wall views

More wall views

Enormous walls still stand

Enormous walls still stand

A view of the tunnels under the floor

A view of the tunnels under the floor

Maybe more so

A night visit gave an entirely different view

It is just as impressive at night

It is just as impressive at night

Arch of Constantinople

Arch of Constantine

Seating for 50,000

Seating for 50,000

Dressed to kill (literally)

Dressed to kill (literally)

Those are some big dogs!

Those are some big dogs!

Roman war formation

Roman war formation

Want to fight this guy?  To the death?

Want to fight this guy? To the death?

Forum

Forum walls and portal

Some of the Forum buildings

Some of the Forum buildings artwork

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Around Rome

Rome celebrated it’s 2,766th anniversary when we were there.  With a city this old, there is a lot of history.  So I will be breaking our blog up by several key sites.

This blog is just some images taken around Rome.  They include our visit to the Parthenon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountains.  And, of course, some walking around our B&B area.  It’s a rich and interesting place to visit.

The elevator in our B&B is small, very small

The elevator in our B&B is small, very small

Outside view of the Parthenon

Outside view of the Parthenon

Elaborate decorations inside the Parthenon

Elaborate decorations inside the Parthenon

The stone work is amazing

The stone work is amazing

Trevi fountains

Trevi fountains

Piazza Venezia, AKA the Typewriter

Piazza Venezia, AKA the Typewriter

Some local architecture

Some local architecture

More Rome sights

More Rome sights

A yes, a farmers market

A yes, a farmers market

Lots of fresh vegetables

Lots of fresh vegetables

The street where Les and Ida had their B&B, just down the road from ours

The street where Les and Ida had their B&B, just down the road from ours

Spanish steps

Spanish steps

Sculpture at the Spanish Steps

Sculpture at the Spanish Steps

ng area no matter where you look.