The Vatican, even though a sovereign entity, for the sake of ease, for the time being has been consolidated with Rome in our photo album.

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Our first evening, having tackled the Rome traffic and having returned the car, was a pleasent stroll in the city. It included the famous Piazza di Spagna.

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A glimpse of the dome of St. Peter - or as a tourist walking by us said St. Petersburg....

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A very typical Roman sight - A cross and Vespas.

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Trevi Fountain - Neptrune ruling the waters

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Temple of Hadrian. Today it houses the Stock Exchange - La Borsa.

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The Pantheon. The temple built for Roman gods by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C. later was converted to a church [609 A.D.]and consecrated as Santa Maria dei Martiri.

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The Pantheon has a diameter of 43.3m. and was the largest standing dome for a long time.

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Piazza della Rotonda is the piazza acroos from the entrance of the Pantheon

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Pria preparing to replenish our energy level

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Sant'Andrea della Valle - built in 1665 is off Piazza Navona. It's claim to fame apart from the grandiose fašade is that it was the setting to Puccini's Tosca [1st Act]

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The typewriter in Piazza Venezia!

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Il Vittoriano. Built to glorify Victor Emmanuel II the first King of a unified Italy.

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The Forum - Temple of Vespasian

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Temple of Saturn

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Temple of Vesta

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Arch of Titus reconstructed in 19th century

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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. It is believed San Lorenzo was put to death here and is now a church in his name..

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On our way to the Colosseum

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Colosseum

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The flora of the Colosseum

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Santa Maria in Trastevere, is believed to be the first Christian church built in Rome.

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Detail of the mosaics on the fašade going back to 12th century.

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Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

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Children playing football/soccer oblivious to those invaluable buildings surrounding them.

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and it goes on - I had to be content having spent almost a week and yet

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barely scratched the surface of this unbelievable city.

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We started the day by visiting the Vatican museum.

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The abundance of artwork is evident in every corner one turns.

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Pria's favorite ceiling

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Piazza San Pietro by Bernini

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St. Peter's, the center of the Roman Catholic faith, is even more impressive in life.

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The infamous Swiss guards.

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The quintessential nuns

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We took the elevator and then hiked many steps to reach the dome.

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The Piazza from the base of the Dome.

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The main dome is flanked by two minor cupolas. The dome was designed my Michelangelo but not completed in his lifetime.

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Jesus and the apostles above the entrance to the Basilica. Judah has been removed and replaced by John the Baptist.

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The end of a long day, once again Pria contemplating. Thank you tsakoog for making this trip unforgettable for me. Your perfect Italian did help a lot!