There's a reason, many in fact, tHat the Romans were world leaders,conquerors, for over twenty centuries. This city is magnificent, the scale of buildings and art pieces are larger than life.the pantheo was surrounded by regular buildings, with the Italian stock exchange (a former pagan church, a different kind of worship going on there!) just down the way. Every block seems to have a fountain, or sculpture or an image engraved in the building. Most of which are catholic in nature, though some pagan artifacts are still about.
The Trevi Fountain is one of those sites that is really worth the hype, while the Spanish steps were just in fact, steps. Interesting history, but, well just steps! The area around those two attractions is flooded with dolce and gabana, Prada, Gucci and other bullcrap that apparently matters, that I apparently should give a damn about.
The colosseum and ruins around it are astronomical in their size! I mean seriously we are taking aboutfive or more football fields long full of ruins. I am on awe of their architectural skills.
Now onto the site that is by far my absolute favorite in Italy, vatican city. This city will blow your mind. It's the smallest country in the world, with the Pope having all the power we divide between our three branches. I said a prayer in st. Peters basilica, a beautiful building, only surpassed in beauty by the Sistine Chapel and Michealangelo's Last Judgment. I could have easily spent a full day in that one room, exploring the detail, crinking my neck. No pictures are allowed within that famous room, and Italian ushers run around shushing people and yelling "quiet please!". The Vatican, though they allow tacky souvenir stands within the chapels, will refuse you entry if you are dressed like a skank (looking at you twenty something Canadian and American girls). You must cover your shoulders and have a decent length on your shorts or skirt or they will refuse you entry.
I'm at a hostel now, one which is probably not a good choice for me since it prides itself on being a major party place. Everyone is so young here, and I can't understand how it is cool to drink yourself silly throughout Europe. But, I am traveling alone and have a different mindset I guess, where I don't want to have to rely on someone elseto get me home safely and well I don't know how I would pay for it all either!! I had a travel blunder today that cost me twenty euros and it almost made me cry, that's my food budget for today and tomorrow!
I've been on the road over a month now, and I know I'm homesick as crap. Ive made the most of my time here, but I do believe I'm ready to move onto the Middle East. Tomorrow I plan to go and see the ruins of Pompeii, and the next day I will fly out.
Sorry no pics for now, Internet is crap, though it's freest I won'tcomplain too much! I do miss you, my friends and family.
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