Friday, August 3, 2012

That's amore!

And fall in love I did. With each new post I feel I am expressing more fondness for a new city. If I can return to one place from our adventure, it would be Italy. The streets, the architecture, the history, the people, the food; takes my breath away. 

We arrived in Rome late in the evening and arrived to this: Trevi Bed & Breakfast and her neighbor, the delicious restaurant, Il Chianti
(If anyone is looking to visit Rome, I highly recommend this B&B; reasonable price, free-good-breakfast, great location, and room 206 was incredibly quiet.)

Our entryway to "home".

As her name suggests, Trevi B&B is a mere minute walk around the corner from Trevi fountain. Legend has it, a backwards coin toss, over the left shoulder, into the fountain guarantees your return.

The city center is so small, you can walk to most desired sites easily in one day. Here, the Spanish Steps.

Heaven on earth. 

The Pantheon dates back to 126 AD. It has served as a pagan temple and, later, rebuilt by Hadrian as a Christian church. It's core is as tall as it is wide, with a circular opening at the top of the inner dome. The Pantheon's preservation helps to serve as a visual for what the ruins of the Roman Forum once were. (Think Gladiator scenes)

Speaking of Gladiator . . .  I channeled my inner barbarian strength while waiting for our guided tour of the Colosseum. 

Behind us lies just a core of what once was. The stories of this structure, and the men who visited, are amazing.

Ruins of the Roman Forum, a once vibrant city center.

The Vatican and St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Basilica

We visited early in the morning, and, in this majestic church, I could feel the warmth of His presence. 

This altar was constructed of bronze taken from the Pantheon's dome. 

On the east side of the Vatican is the museum and Sistine Chapel. In the distance you can see the dome of St. Peter's, designed by Michelangelo. 

Just one of the many spectacular corridors of the Vatican museum. 

Thanks for reading. More to come on Venice soon. 

Much love...

K + C

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