the eternal city

Rome, the Eternal City, the place of the gladiators, the colosseum, catholicism, and abounding history. Yes, after six months in Italy I finally made it to the Eternal City.
I am not sure why I waited so long to visit the beautiful city but that is beside the point.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the historic place. Instead of making my trip a rushed, sightseeing weekend, my friends Andrea, Katie and I decided to see less of the city but to truly experience the beauty of Rome. We stayed in a wonderful airbnb apartment which turned out to be fairly centrally located. The trip consisted of a day of relaxed sightseeing where we saw the colosseum, the Trevi fountain, the capuchin crypt, the spanish steps and other monuments. Sadly, the forum closed very early so we never made it there but that’s just another reason to return. The second day we spent at Vatican City where we visited the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s, and the Sistine Chapel. Seeing such incredible places and in good company, was a dream. Throughout my trip I could not help but imagine I were in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” it was almost like disneyland all over again.

The colosseum seemed very eerie and the cloudy, rainy weather only added to the mood. Sadly, the Trevi Fountain is currently under construction, but I was still able to imagine what the fountain would have looked like with running water and without scaffolding. I was actually able to throw a coin in the fountain since there was a small area for tourists to throw coins- it would have been a crime to go to Rome without doing so!
I even made sure I ate some homemade spaghetti for dinner, for you know what they say… When in Rome do as the Romans do… and eat pasta!
Seeing Vatican City was very special for me and I was surprised to find that I really did love St. Peter’s Basilica, especially Michelangelo’s Pieta. The Sistine Chapel was incredible as well and I know understand why people claim that pictures could never do the place any justice, one cannot capture such beauty! While in Vatican City I even used their famous postal service and sent a postcard to my loving family whom I miss ever so much.

On my final day in Rome (Sunday) I attended a beautiful mass at a church nearby Vatican City. I was able to see two of my childhood summer camp friends (Annie and Sarah) who are currently studying in Rome which was so special. Annie, Sarah and I went to a little cafe then attended the angelus together at noon. Sweet Pope Francis said the angelus, it was so special to see the beautiful, peace oriented pope! After the angelus I was able to see another family friend, John, who is studying to become a priest, which was also incredible!
I did love Rome and despite what others say everyone was kind, caring and the streets were fairly clean. I definitely need to make another trip to the city someday because it is impossible to see all the city has to offer in a lifetime let alone one weekend!
Stay true, live justly and always travel on. Peace and love.

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