our last stop during our 3-week trip to italy was rome. we stayed for a glorious 6 days and walked a thousand miles - or at least it felt like it because we dropped off the car as soon as we pulled into the city and hoofed it every where else.
you hear all about the breath-taking coliseum. it's situated in the middle of a busy intersection and the residents drive by it every day on their way to work like it's no big deal. i remember turning the corner of that intersection only to abruptly stop in awe of this monument. it is as wonderous and beautiful as everyone says.
i don't quite remember how we got to vatican city because it was pretty far from our hotel (we must've taken the bus or train) but however far it was or however much we paid, it was totally worth it. just look at this view. to get to the top of the church, you had to climb up this tiny tower that was the width of one person so if you got clausterphobic, too bad; you were stuck and the only way to go was up.
the church itself is amazing; the frescos are gorgeous as is the art and the sheer size of the grounds. as part of this adventure, we also visited the beautiful sistine chapel; unfortunately, i don't have any pictures because they don't allow photographs in the building (the flash damages the delicate frescos).
how awesome is this photo? i just had to take this picture because you'd never see anything like this in toronto.