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Rome,A Spectacle At Any Time

A July 1998 trip to Rome by Bruce

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Quote: I saw Rome for the first time at night,and will never forget it.By cab I saw the ruins of Rome for the first time,at night,with the lighted ruins casting ominous shadows,like the empire that once ruled here.

Rome,A Spectacle At Any Time

Overview

The Column of Trajan Photo, Rome, Italy
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Visit Saint Peters Cathedral and climb the dome. The view is fantastic. See the Colloseum and imagine the horror these ancient walls have known. Peruse the ancient ruins of a city, once mad with power. Try the restaurants and cuisine.

Quick Tips:

Get a receipt for your room and hang onto it. Further good advice concerns the word complimentary, nothing in Rome is complimentary, trust me. Watch your wallet.

Best Way To Get Around:

Rental cars, taxis, buses, or walking are all good in Rome.

Vatican

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Attraction | "Saint Peters in the Vatican"

Vatican Photo, Rome, Italy
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Saint Peters will inspire awe and wonder at first sight. The scale of this place is almost unimaginable, and yet understandable, for here lies the center of of Catholic ideology. It is difficult to fathom that one fourth of the world's population is Catholic, and that this place is the very center of the Catholic faith. It therefore stands to reason that the architecture on display here, reflect the absolute power that the church weilds from this place. This is the center of the Catholic world. Saint Peters was built in the sixteenth century AD as a monument to the Apostle Peter on the site of another church that had existed here from the fourth century. It is ironic that a mere few mil...Read More

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Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy

Vatican Gardens

Attraction | "The Vatican Gardens."

Vatican Gardens Photo, Vatican City, Europe
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The Vatican Gardens are, as the rest of the Vatican, simply unbelievable. The best pictures were available from the top of the dome of Saint Peters. Like everything else here, these gardens convey the message intended: this is the center of the Catholic world.

Vatican Gardens
Vatican Hill
Vatican City, Rome

The Largest Church On Earth,Saint Peters

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Story/Tip

Papal Crypt Photo, Rome, Italy
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The halls, domes, statues, frescos, gold cielings, paintings and murals all defy description by a mere mortal. Entering this church will make you feel precisely that way, mortal. The entire architecture here is overpowering, and I'm certain that is what its designers had in mind. None of my paultry photographs I took can ever do this greatest of churches justice, but I include them anyway.