The Papal Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City
We stayed in the area around Vatican City while we were in Rome. We were able to pass by it while not many people were there and see the Basilica Square, which is one of the most renowned works of renaissance architecture around the world. It is said that St. Peter himself is buried within the Basilica. While walking to the sistine chapel, we happened to run into one of the Pope's Liturgy. We were able to stand right in front of Pope Francis while he came by on his popemobile,not more than an arm's length away and a baby was given to him just over our heads. We were also able to hear him give him homily to the crowd and though we could not understand it (it was in Italian) the crowd's reaction was amazing to see.
Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built and in its day it was the location of many roman events, Gladiator flights, mock sea battles, animal hunts, battle reenactments and roman plays. It demise came from years of the people repurposing its materials and earthquakes. While we were in the area of the colosseum and the Roman Forum, we happened upon a beautiful little church surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The forum is the site of the ruins of several important ancient buildings. Many market places, electoral events, religious ceremonies at temples were held in this spaces, and is still be exovated today. Histories dating back to its beginning in the 7th century BC has been found in the valley so far. Many of the earliest and important structures of early rome can be found and seen in some form at the Forums. Overlooking the Forum's ruins is a boulevard teaming with life, surrounded by the past lives of Rome.
Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Trevi fountain is used by many as a wishing well, 1 coin to wish to come back to Rome, 2 for love and 3 for a divorce. The fountain was made to be a source of clean water for the roman people around the square straight from the aqueduct. It was done in the baroque style of architecture in 1762 and is one of the most famous fountains in the world. We all were able to make our wishes, 1 coin and a wish to come back to Roma one day.
Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
One of our first stops while in rome, the Pantheon was once a Roman temple and it is now a catholic church dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Martyrs. It was built in 125 AD and still has its original architecture in tact. After 2,000 years, the Pantheon's dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome to still be standing. The inside has many statues dedicated to Mary and the Martyrs.
Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps are a beautiful set of steps made in order to connect the Spanish Embassy to the Trinità dei Monti catholic church atop the steps. At the base is a beautiful clean water fountain, following the steps through the beautiful white and pink flowers to the top will give you a gorgeous view of the city below. The church, which was finished in renaissance style in 1585 and has beautiful high ceilings with many small chapels dedicated to various biblical saints, donned with their portraits.
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Venice was a lot calmer than Rome but nonetheless beautiful. We stayed very close to the Grand Canal in the are of Castello. We were able to take a short ride in a gondola and had an amazing view of the city at the top of a department store. We were also to go and see the inside of Saint Mark's Basilica which is the cities cathedral and is located in Piazza San Marco, across from Doge's Palace. It was built in 1085 and is styled in brilliantly, dripping in gold with Byzantine and gothic influences. It is said that the relics of Saint Mark's body are there in the church.