Today is a busy one first stop The Vatican where the lines to get in are super long but as we are part of a tour we get in along with a few other groups an hour and a half before they let the general public go through.
We are being taken round by Marco who knows too much about this place and assaults us with fact after fact. This place is off the charts with opulence and the thinking looks to be more is never enough. As a non religious pair we just see it as historical, powerful but mostly just a big collection of stuff. We then visit St Peters basilica, St Peters square, Sistine chapel, Vatican museum which need no description from us, please see pic’s.
We then get a break for lunch and then visit a real highlight for us, the Colosseum.
We again are taken round by Marco who is just ridiculously knowledgeable and rally paints a picture of what went on here. Although most of it is in ruins you can still feel and get a sense of how hideous it must have been for all concerned. Including the poor wild animal and slaves being mass murdered for the enjoyment of the general public and the elite of Rome.
We then return to our hotel before going back out to Rome in the evening where we visit the Spanish Steps, the crazy Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon among those buried there are the painters Raphael and Annibale Carracci, the composer Arcangelo Corelli, and the architect Baldassare Perruzzi.
We then head to Piazza Navona for dinner. Sitting in the Piazza square in a restaurant suggested by our tour director was just amazing and I had the best risotto I have ever tasted anywhere. It was so good I really didn’t want to share but had to as I wanted a piece of the pizza Kaz had and although not close to mine for a pizza it was amazing.
Later we return to the hotel and crash once again knackered and tomorrow we will head to Florence via Pisa.