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Last day in Rome

On our seventh day in Rome we crossed the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon off our list of places to see. We also ate more gelato and did a bit of shopping. Goodbye Rome........ Hello Venice

trevi fountain 1

trevi fountain 1


trevi fountain 2

trevi fountain 2


outside the Pantheon

outside the Pantheon


first view inside

first view inside


the hole that lets in the light

the hole that lets in the light


inside space filled with people

inside space filled with people


the chapel inside

the chapel inside


another altar

another altar


another view

another view


back outside again

back outside again

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All churched out...Rome will do that to you.

Friday we thought we would take a chance and turn up at St Peters Square to join the legendary 2 hour line to get inside and have a look. We got lucky and it only took us 25 minutes of queuing before we walked through the doors into the glorious centrepiece of the Catholic Church. Leone was mesmerised by just about everything she saw, and we spent an hour and a half wandering past treasure after treasure. Eventually we got tired of pushing our way through the crowds, and needed some fresh air. Afterwards Leone said that it had to be the biggest and best church in the world. On Saturday I decided to show Leone the second best church in Rome, and took her to the Archbasilica of St John the Baptist. This was the Vatican ( seat of Popes), before the Vatican was built in the 16th Century. This was another stunner but was easier to get around because the crowds were smaller. Afterwards I took her round the corner to the St. John Baptistry. This is an unassuming little building, where the local residents have held Christenings, Weddings, and Funerals for hundreds of years. The small chapel inside this church was unbelievably silent and peaceful. Out of the 3 churches we visited, this one delivered possibly the most spiritual experience. Now we all churched out...

Outside Archbasilica of St. John the Baptist

Outside Archbasilica of St. John the Baptist


Built in the 17th Century

Built in the 17th Century


Stunning Madonna and child carved into door.

Stunning Madonna and child carved into door.


Giant statues of disciples dominate the church

Giant statues of disciples dominate the church


amazing golden ceiling

amazing golden ceiling


side chapels full of treasures

side chapels full of treasures


every wall is full of amazing ornamentation

every wall is full of amazing ornamentation


The Popes chair

The Popes chair


The High Altar

The High Altar


Another beautiful side chapel

Another beautiful side chapel


Looking into St. Johns crypt under the High Altar

Looking into St. Johns crypt under the High Altar


Its a lot to take in

Its a lot to take in


The organ wall and ceiling

The organ wall and ceiling


Boring little building around the corner

Boring little building around the corner


hides a jewel of a local church

hides a jewel of a local church


small but perfectly proportioned

small but perfectly proportioned


ornate font for Christening ceremonies

ornate font for Christening ceremonies


Just a couple of statues

Just a couple of statues


With heavenly canopies

With heavenly canopies


and an exquisite little peace filled chapel

and an exquisite little peace filled chapel


Crossing the bridge to St Peters Square

Crossing the bridge to St Peters Square


Finally through the security checks

Finally through the security checks


Pieta by Michelangelo at St Peters Basilica

Pieta by Michelangelo at St Peters Basilica


one of those OMG moments

one of those OMG moments


another one

another one


Saint Peter and his shiny foot

Saint Peter and his shiny foot


wow

wow


double wow

double wow


looking at the remains of a long dead Pope

looking at the remains of a long dead Pope


Swiss guards at St Peters

Swiss guards at St Peters

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Excuse me, I seem to have lost the Vatican...

I been there before, but got there from another direction last time. This time I turned right instead of left, and I lost the Vatican (which is not easy to do). Twenty minutes later we found it (but wished we hadnt ) because we timed our entrance to the Vatican Museum at the same time as 16 school class trips and 20 or more tour groups from all the nations of the world. We had to queue to stand in a queue, it was so crowded. Nevertheless we squeezed our way around the magical mystery tour that makes up the Vatican Museum. We went up and down lots and lots of marble staircases, along miles and miles of corridors with myriads of exhibits and eventually got to the Sistine Chapel. There every 30 seconds guards yelled SILENCE and kept everyone moving like well trained italian sheepdogs (Probly yelling the italian equivalent of get in behind) We got in behind, and found the exit after passing through a few Vatican shops selling glow in the dark Popes, and Michelangelo jigsaw puzzles. Feeling like we had been put through the spin cycle on a front loader, we figure we deserved a pizza and a cup of tea, so thats what we did. Thats when I lost the bus stop to get home, but thats another story...

Lovely statues

Lovely statues


Lions eating horse mmmnnn

Lions eating horse mmmnnn


beautiful tapestries

beautiful tapestries


Ceiling in Leones favourite room

Ceiling in Leones favourite room


same room

same room


same room

same room


Intriguing exhibit

Intriguing exhibit


Just one of the girls

Just one of the girls


Beautiful vibrant Madonna and Child...

Beautiful vibrant Madonna and Child...


Alan being artistic

Alan being artistic


this photo speaks for itself

this photo speaks for itself


Our first pizza in Rome, eat your heart out Hannah

Our first pizza in Rome, eat your heart out Hannah

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Two stops away on the Metro..

Another full day in the centre of Rome. We intended to buy tickets ro visit the Colosseum, But when we arrived the queues stretched half way around the site and were barely moving. Decided to check out the rest of the ruins, and gradually walked up to Piazza Venezia where we spent ages exploring the stunning Monument to King Victor Emanuele 11, and the impressive Capitoline Hill Buildings around it. Hope you enjoy the photos...

In all its glory

In all its glory


2 ro 3 hour wait with tickets

2 ro 3 hour wait with tickets


a tenth of the ridiculous queue

a tenth of the ridiculous queue


Part of the Palatine Hill ruins

Part of the Palatine Hill ruins


Palatine Hill ruins

Palatine Hill ruins


Part of the Forum ruins

Part of the Forum ruins


More Forum ruins (2nd century BC)

More Forum ruins (2nd century BC)


More amazing Forum ruins

More amazing Forum ruins


Whos getting tired of posing

Whos getting tired of posing


One of the Caesars and a visitor

One of the Caesars and a visitor


2000 year old victory column of Emperor Trajan

2000 year old victory column of Emperor Trajan


Piazza Venezia (Centre of Rome)

Piazza Venezia (Centre of Rome)


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Huge Statues everywhere

Huge Statues everywhere


First King of Italy ( Vittorio Emanuele 11) and me

First King of Italy ( Vittorio Emanuele 11) and me


Another beautiful statue

Another beautiful statue


Ancient statue of Castor ( twin of Pollux)

Ancient statue of Castor ( twin of Pollux)


Replica statue of Emperor Marcus Auralius (AD 175)

Replica statue of Emperor Marcus Auralius (AD 175)


Tucked away out of sight

Tucked away out of sight


A famous statue of Romulus and Remus

A famous statue of Romulus and Remus

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A day at rhe Alcazar of Seville

Spent a wonderful day at the Royal Palace (or Alcazar) of Seville. Walking around went from good to better to amazing to OMG that is Beautiful. What a fabulous place. The pictures will tell the story.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral


The Giralda Bell Tower/ Minaret 1198

The Giralda Bell Tower/ Minaret 1198


another view of the Cathedral

another view of the Cathedral


another view

another view


Leone and friend

Leone and friend


Guess where we are ?

Guess where we are ?


Dated 200 AD

Dated 200 AD


Royal Chapel

Royal Chapel


Moorish Calligraphy

Moorish Calligraphy


Amazing tiling

Amazing tiling


Meganormous rugs from Antiquity

Meganormous rugs from Antiquity


Leone spellbound by the detail

Leone spellbound by the detail


Moorish Courtyard

Moorish Courtyard


Fabulous

Fabulous


Even the ceilings

Even the ceilings


Staring at

Staring at


This

This


and staring at

and staring at


this

this


Takes you back 1000 years

Takes you back 1000 years


Cool fishpond on a hot Seville day

Cool fishpond on a hot Seville day

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