Day of Exploring Rome

With only one more day in Rome, we woke up this morning with a mission.  We had purchased City Sightseeing (24-hour) bus passes in order to hit all of Rome's top historical sights.  Our goal was to get to the Colosseum before it opened, so we left early.  However, what we thought was going to be a 15-20 minute bus ride, turned out to be an hour and a half!  We didn't realize how many stops we would make along the way, or the amount of waiting we would spend at each stop.  So, after we arrived at our first destination we threw our bus passes away and spent the rest of the day walking around Rome. 

 Our first view of the Colosseum (70-80 AD.)  Not pictured: the long line waiting for us on the other side.

Our first view of the Colosseum (70-80 AD.)  Not pictured: the long line waiting for us on the other side.

 The Arch of Constantine (315 AD)

The Arch of Constantine (315 AD)

 The long line outside of the Colosseum.  Luckily, it was a beautiful day.

The long line outside of the Colosseum.  Luckily, it was a beautiful day.

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 The hypogeum; an underground network of tunnels where the gladiators and animals waited before the games began.  All of this was enclosed (the stage has been removed.)  

The hypogeum; an underground network of tunnels where the gladiators and animals waited before the games began.  All of this was enclosed (the stage has been removed.)  

 Tours of the hypogeum are available, but make sure to sign up ahead of time.

Tours of the hypogeum are available, but make sure to sign up ahead of time.

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 The Arch of Titus (82 AD), located inside the Roman Forum

The Arch of Titus (82 AD), located inside the Roman Forum

 The Roman Forum, which was the center of Roman life for centures.  It holds the ruins of several ancient government buildings

The Roman Forum, which was the center of Roman life for centures.  It holds the ruins of several ancient government buildings

 High society; the center of Roman public life

High society; the center of Roman public life

 The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

 The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

 The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

 The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

 Campo de Fiori (a marketplace that is south of Piazza Navona); several vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and souvenirs.

Campo de Fiori (a marketplace that is south of Piazza Navona); several vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and souvenirs.

 Forno Campo de' Fiori - a bakery with the most delicious snacks and sandwiches.

Forno Campo de' Fiori - a bakery with the most delicious snacks and sandwiches.

 St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City (completed in 1626)

St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City (completed in 1626)

 St. Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance Church.  It is regarded as the greatest building of its time and one of the largest churches in the world.

St. Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance Church.  It is regarded as the greatest building of its time and one of the largest churches in the world.

 St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

 View of the top of the dome in St. Peter's Basilica

View of the top of the dome in St. Peter's Basilica

 Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

 Tile artwork lines the walkway around the inside of the dome in St. Peter's Basilica

Tile artwork lines the walkway around the inside of the dome in St. Peter's Basilica

 There is an option to either walk the entire 551 steps up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome, or take an elevator half-way and then walk 320 steps.  There is no wheelchair access and no other option to see the top.  I would highly recommend making this trek.

There is an option to either walk the entire 551 steps up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome, or take an elevator half-way and then walk 320 steps.  There is no wheelchair access and no other option to see the top.  I would highly recommend making this trek.

 The stairs are narrow and steep.  So, this would not be for those who are claustrophobic, acrophobic, or disabled.

The stairs are narrow and steep.  So, this would not be for those who are claustrophobic, acrophobic, or disabled.

 Stairs leading up to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica

Stairs leading up to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica

 View from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

View from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

 View from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

View from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

 The dome at St. Peter's Basilica

The dome at St. Peter's Basilica

 St. Peter's Basilica 

St. Peter's Basilica 

 St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

 The first steps inside this sacred church will take your breath away.  The architecture is so grandiose and intricate at the same time.  How they could have created something so magnificent is beyond me.

The first steps inside this sacred church will take your breath away.  The architecture is so grandiose and intricate at the same time.  How they could have created something so magnificent is beyond me.

 Crepuscular rays inside St. Peter's Basilica

Crepuscular rays inside St. Peter's Basilica

 The altar with the baldacchino; a 98 ft tall structure that is claimed to be the largest bronze piece in the world.  The baldacchino serves as a holy space above and around the table on which the Sacrament is laid for the Eucharist.

The altar with the baldacchino; a 98 ft tall structure that is claimed to be the largest bronze piece in the world.  The baldacchino serves as a holy space above and around the table on which the Sacrament is laid for the Eucharist.

  St. Peter's Basilica   

St. Peter's Basilica 

  St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

 The plaque with the list of popes buried in St. Peter's.

The plaque with the list of popes buried in St. Peter's.

 Another view of the altar with the  baldacchino

Another view of the altar with the baldacchino

 St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

 The tomb of Pope Alexander VII

The tomb of Pope Alexander VII

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 The Swiss Guards outside of St. Peter's Basilica

The Swiss Guards outside of St. Peter's Basilica

 Largo di Torre Argentina; the site of four Roman temples.  We stumbled upon this as we were walking from out hotel to dinner. 

Largo di Torre Argentina; the site of four Roman temples.  We stumbled upon this as we were walking from out hotel to dinner. 

 Largo di Torre Argentina

Largo di Torre Argentina

 Roscioli Salumeria; I would highly recommend getting a reservation here (we were able to book one the day before.)  Our best meal in Rome.

Roscioli Salumeria; I would highly recommend getting a reservation here (we were able to book one the day before.)  Our best meal in Rome.

 Homemade table bread

Homemade table bread

 Foie gras homemade - goose foie gras carpaccio with sweet and sour onions dressed with raspberry vinegar mixed mixed spices (pepper sarawak, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg)

Foie gras homemade - goose foie gras carpaccio with sweet and sour onions dressed with raspberry vinegar mixed mixed spices (pepper sarawak, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg)

 Foie gras on the homemade bread

Foie gras on the homemade bread

 Pugliese "burrata" with baby dried tomatoes - burrata cheese with black pepper from Malesia and sundried cherry tomatoes.  We have yet to find a place back in the states that serves a burrata even close to this.

Pugliese "burrata" with baby dried tomatoes - burrata cheese with black pepper from Malesia and sundried cherry tomatoes.  We have yet to find a place back in the states that serves a burrata even close to this.

 Cacio e pepe - fresh pasta with roman pecorino cheese dop, "cacio" from Moliterno, picorino di fossa from Sogliano del Rubicone and Malaisian black pepper 

Cacio e pepe - fresh pasta with roman pecorino cheese dop, "cacio" from Moliterno, picorino di fossa from Sogliano del Rubicone and Malaisian black pepper 

 Complimentary cookies with a nutella-like dipping sauce.  The perfect night cap to a busy day of exploring.  One more stop left on this unforgettable honeymoon.  Read on to see where we go next!

Complimentary cookies with a nutella-like dipping sauce.  The perfect night cap to a busy day of exploring.  One more stop left on this unforgettable honeymoon.  Read on to see where we go next!