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Things to do in Rome - Part 2

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by London Schweppes (subscribe)
Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published October 17th 2014
Eat Pray Love
Day two in Rome for us.

A trip back to the Colosseum (after checking the timings the second time) and visitors have a choice to purchase a tour guide ticket, an audio tour in a variety of languages, or simply walk around reading through the information and taking photos; we chose the latter. The views from inside the Colosseum were truly magnificent and lo and behold, you will feel like you've been transported to another time in human history.





That afternoon, we decided to tour the Vatican museum, and had booked a group tour guide through the Sofitel concierge, however due to the relatively off peak time of our travels, it turned out to be a personal tour guide instead. The Vatican museum is truly awe inspiring to say the least. Originally it was just Pope Julius II's collection, now it is filled with the richness of fresco paintings, Michelangelo's works in the Sistine Chapel, the Gallery of Tapestries, a collection of various 15th and 17th century tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, a unique collection of art depicting geography from various parts of the world.





You can also view various stone sculptures in the courtyard and long hallways during the tour, which ended grandly at St. Pete's Basilica, the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world today.







My first and lasting impression of Rome will always be the amazing food, fashion, and rich culture and I realise I haven't written much about the food - let's say my first impression on that front, on our first morning when we had an early lunch at a road side cafe and I ordered a mushroom pasta. It wasn't actually great but I realised soon that it was just a bad choice of a dish and probably a bad choice of restaurant too because all the subsequent restaurants were lovely, with delicious vegetarian options available. The last night was by far the best, which was a restaurant stone's throw away from the Pantheon, where we'd just been..

The minestrone soup, the vegetarian pizza, and the pasta dish were all winners; and needless to say we were stuffed to the maximum and could barely manage to walk home afterwards.

The Pantheon by the way, which I'll briefly come back to, almost two thousand years after it was built, has a dome which is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Amazing.





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