Joined October 2018Living in: Newtown, Australia
  • May16

    Rome Day 4 - our last afternoon

    May 16 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our last day - what to do to finish off with? Well we started by walking to the Pantheon for a second visit but it was so busy we gave it a miss and had a gelati instead! Then caught the Hop On Hop Off bus to the San Pietro in Vincoli church which holds the chains when St Peter was imprisoned in Jerusalem and houses Michelangelo's statue of Moses.

    Next we went to the Capitoline Museum then finished off with a lovely meal in a family restaurant La Carbonara. John, of course, had to have spaghetti carbonara. He was surprised how similar it was to the recipe he cooked. There were two striking differences. The egg yolks were bright yellow, from special grass-fed chickens, and the bacon was little chunks of beautiful bacon, more like prosciutto than our supermarket bacon.
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  • May16

    Rome Day 4 - St Peter's Basilica

    May 16 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Using our special tickets we were able to 'skip the line' to go and see St Peter's Basilica. We explored the Basilica for 2 hours using the audio guides available, including going down into the mausoleum to see the tombs of past popes and St Peter.

  • May15

    Rome Day 3 - The Vatican Museums

    May 15 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    After the Sistine and a quick bite to eat we strolled through the Vatican Museum and saw more amazing rooms. One huge hall with magnificent tapestries hanging along the walls, some of which were maps of the world's cities that were used as reference.There were also rooms of Raphael designed paintings. Plus much, much more.Read more

  • May15

    Rome Day 3 - The Sistine Chapel

    May 15 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today we had a booking for the Sistine Chapel which allowed us to skip the queue. As we arrived at the Vatican it was clear today was a special day as we had to go through security to get into St Marks Square. It turns out that Wednesday is the day the Pope addresses the public. We missed him by about 30mins as we had to go for our allotted time to the Chapel so we followed our guide around to the entrance, went through security and headed to the Chapel. No photos were allowed so these photos are of the square as the people waiting for the Pope were being addressed by others.

    Some things I learnt about the Sistine...
    - how beautiful it is in real life
    - that it had become a dark and dingy ceiling before it was cleaned and bought back to its former glory
    - that Michelangelo did not lie on his back but stood on the scaffolding to paint
    - that halfway through the painting of the ceiling they took down the scaffolding to see how it looked and everyone was amazed but the artist wasn't happy and so he made all the figures bigger in the second half.
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  • May14

    Rome Day 2 the Roman Forum

    May 14 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Didn't have much time but decided to squeeze in the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. The hill was amazing - ruins of palaces and gigantic race track called Circus Maximus. The Forum incredible. Tried to imagine the Romans milling around doing business amongst all the amazing buildings.

  • May14

    Rome Day 2 The Colosseum

    May 14 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We picked up our Omnia Pass (a 3 day pass to certain sites, Hop On Hop Off Bus and public transport) and headed to the Australian Embassy, using the HOHO bus then walking, to vote in the Federal Election. Had to leave packpack, phones, coins etc in a locker then enter through a revolving door type entry which checked if you still had any metal. It wouldn't let John go through until he took the coins out of his pocket.

    Caught a bus back into Rome, found some lunch then lined up for tickets to the Colosseum at a ticket box near the Forum. Then we were able to get in quite quickly...WOW the Colosseum is amazing. We walked around the second level listening to an audio description then were able to walk around some of the first level.
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  • May13

    Traffic, water and smoking + more

    May 13 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Italians park at all different angles and double park anywhere!
    Drinking water fountains are everywhere and the water runs all the time!
    Italians smoke everywhere outside. I have never breathed in so much smoke in my life!
    We have seen defibrillators in the streets of even the smaller cities.

  • May13

    Leonardo - 500 Years of a Genius

    May 13 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We walked down to the Piazza Del Popolo and saw that there was a Leonardo Exhibition on so we decided to go through it. He was amazing. We then walked back to our room via the river and saw the magnificent Supreme Court building..

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