Days 16-18 — Rome, Italy

We’ve spent an amazing three days in Rome!

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Living the high life with a balcony in our hotel room!

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First meal in Rome. We were starving after getting off the plane.

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This picture was taken in the basement of a restaurant and is not the greatest but it is actually the last remaining ruins of the theater where Julius Caesar was lured and killed.

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The biggest optical illusion in Rome is in the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. The roof is completely flat but was painted to look like a traditional dome is present. Galileo made most of his discoveries on this roof because it used to be the highest yet flat observation point in Rome.

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The Colosseum.

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The Arch of Constantine.

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The Pantheon.

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The distance from the floor to roof of the Pantheon is taller than a football field. The domes of many churches are modeled after the Pantheon. The top of the dome is open and water drains through small holes in the middle of the floor.

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St. Peter’s Basilica.

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The view of St. Peter’s square from the top of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. We paid the extra 2 Euro to take the elevator halfway up but still had to climb up and go back down 320 spiral steps.

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The view looking down inside of St. Peter’s Basilica from about halfway up.

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The famed best espresso in world confirmed by the New York Times and The New Yorker.

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The best gelato in Rome. They had 10 dairy free flavors for Chelsea.

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Michelangelo’s Moses (1515) inside the St. Peter-In-Chains Church.

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Two of Bernini’s sculptures in the Borghese Gallery. He is debated as a better sculptor than Michelangelo.

Side note: we were not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel because it was recently restored in the 1980s and the copyright laws are still in effect. We also visited the Trevi Fountain but it is currently under restoration for TWO years! All the water is drained and you can only see a few of the statues plus a lot of scaffolding.

Next adventure: the Netherlands!

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