Since I’m teleworking, social distancing, self-quarantining, and all of that…I can’t help but think about my trip to Europe last year.
If you missed my previous posts about my trip, click here to check them out. I started the sixth day in Europe with my sister touring the beautiful city of Rome!
Our tour started at 8:45 a.m. and we arrived early enough to sit down and have tea while taking in this amazing view of the Colosseum. Our meeting spot was just a few steps away from this cafe.
Our full-day tour “Rome in a Day Tour: Including Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center” with Walks of Italy was an awesome experience. Our tour guide Luigi was great and didn’t miss a beat! One perk of booking this tour is we did not have to wait in long lines to enter the Colosseum. For all of the attractions on the tour, we had skip-the-line access so we did not waste any time waiting in line. Plus, we had a lot to cover to see Rome in one day.
After the Colosseum, we made a pit stop for gelato before heading to the Pantheon.
The inside was spectacular, especially the view of the dome, or the “eye of the Pantheon.” Fun fact: on April 21, the founding date of Rome, at midday a lighting effect can be viewed when the sunlight fills the entranceway with light.
This was one of the quicker stops on our tour, as it was quite crowded. We elbowed our way to the front for a photo, but an epic fail on my part, I didn’t have my coin to toss in the fountain. So, I guess I’ll just have to go back and visit again.
The Piazza Navona has a touch of charm, from the fountains (there are 3), to the colors of the buildings, and the street artist performances.
I snapped the majority of my photos at the Vatican Museums. In the courtyard, we stopped at the Sphere Within Sphere. This series of bronze sculptures can be found all over the world in New York, Indianapolis, Washington D.C, San Francisco, and Israel.
Luigi covered so much history throughout our visit to the Vatican museums. Below are photos from the Pio Clementino Museum of Belvedere Hermes, Belvedere Apollo, and Laocoön
Sistene Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
The second to last stop was the Sistine Chapel. It was absolutely breathtaking! Honestly, unbelievable. I’m not a rule-breaker, so I didn’t sneak any photos, but they’ll forever be in my photographic memory bank.
The last stop on the tour was St. Peter’s Basilica. At this point, it was nice that after a long day, this stop was self-guided and basically voluntary. Below is a photo of Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Hundreds of photos later (I checked my memory card, 232 to be exact), we truly conquered Rome in a Day with Luigi. I loved this tour, and highly recommend it when you visit Rome! I give it 5 stars!