Travel Throwback to Rome, Italy

Here is another Thursday throwback to my previous travels.  This time to Rome, Italy.  Our group stayed at the Hotel Columbus, which is just two blocks away from the Vatican.
I took waaaay more photos than I uploaded here, but I did not want to take up all of my free photo storage space.  Rome is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.  My photos do not do it justice.  The extravagance and enormous size of all of their churches, all of the attention to detail, the way the sunrise casts a beautiful glow on the exteriors, and the confusing maze of their roads and alleys are all my favorite aspects of this city.

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The second church we visited on our trip, but the first within the city.  All the statues looming at the top at sunset made for a very intimidating first impression of Rome.

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Spot the man in the photo for size comparison.  I had to sit down to catch my breath.  I have never laid eyes upon anything so intricate and so large and so beautiful.

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Guardian angel statues on a bridge.

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This is actually Ostia, in an underground drain.

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The Trevi Fountain at night
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The ornate ceiling of one of the many churches we visited.  I can’t imagine the time it took to carve and paint all of this.

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Within the city of Rome, you will not find a building painted a color of the cool palette.  They’re all orange, red, pink, yellow, white, and/or brown.  And they all look magnificent at sunrise.

We visited so many churches that I cannot remember the names of them all.  I definitely want to come back here one day, for a longer amount of time, and I will write down the names and streets of everything.
I only took about four photos of myself out of the 1,000+ while in Rome.  The one of me on a set of steps within the Coliseum is the only one I feel okay about posting.  My next trip, I will take many many more photos and maybe try to include myself in more than four.

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A portion of the massive exterior of the Coliseum.

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The interior of the Coliseum.

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Me.

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On our way to the Palatine Hill.

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Growth among ruin.

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A set of columns at the Palatine Hill.

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Overlooking the Palatine Hill.

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Wandering the many alleys and streets of Rome.

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Inside what is referred to by the Romans as the Big Ugly. The exterior is quite distinct from the rest of Rome.

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The Pantheon.

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Inside the Pantheon.

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Did not get to go inside here, but I bought a small watercolor painting of the Vatican in front of this building, and bought a big beautiful purple marble in a toy shop near here.

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The Vatican, featuring St. Peter’s Basilica.

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