Our first stop in Rome was "across the border" to Vatican City (cannot believe it is a separate country!!). It was Palm Sunday so the place was majorly busy. We stood in a long, hot line to enter St. Peter's Basilica and met a nice group of American couples. They told us about their trip to Capri and gave very good advice to stay healthy and travel...now...not to wait until we are older.
"Mentally replace tourists in T-shirts with tribunes in togas."
"If things still look like just a pile of rocks, at least tell yourself, 'But Julius Caesar once learned against these rocks'."
"Caligula was not a nice person....stole senator's wives and parked his chariot in handicap spaces."
Colosseum ground level--complete with elevators to lift animals up so the games could begin.
We took a walk in the shopping center and stopped to admire talented street artists and pretty shops. At the end of our walk were the very crowded Spanish steps. Nearby: Italy's first and the world's fanciest McDonald's. We definitely agree with its claim--it even had automatic garbage cans!
A nod to my "homeland": the Spanish steps!
Ow ow.. bow chicka bow bow :)
Tourists love Trevi Fountain!
Rome at night... I love you, camera night setting!
Vatican City for the Pope's audience!
The Popemobile: not just a myth.