When in Rome….
I was blessed to have spent this past week in Rome with my husband, 4 sisters, Dad & his girlfriend. Ate a lot of margarita pizza, wine and knocked items off the bucket list!
Here are a few highlights from ROMA:
Construction began in 70 AD
Construction ended in 80 AD
Built By: Vespasian, Titus
Colosseum at Night
We were blessed to have the opportunity to do a nighttime private tour of the Colosseum where we were allowed to go into the underground layers to see how the show was run.
Built in 126 AD
Built For: Roman Temple
Now used for: Catholic Church. Two Rome Kings are buried there as well as Raphael’s Tomb
• The best preserved Ancient Roman Building. It is also the World’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
Altare della Patria
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Altare della Patria also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II or “Il Vittoriano” is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. Also hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Sisters: Caroline, Nicole, Alexa, Lauren (Left to Right)
The Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Forum Romanum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other.
Old apartment buildings in Ancient Rome
Old tiles found in the Palatine Hill
Once the center of Rome around which the city developed, the Roman Forum was for centuries the hub of activity for commercial affairs, public speeches, and the meting out of justice in the form of criminal trials.
Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Roman Forum
Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum
Temple of Vespasian and Titus in the Roman Forum
The Jewish Catacombs are ancient catacombs, underground burial places of which there are at least forty, some discovered only in recent decades. The Jewish Catacombs date back to the 2nd & 3rd BC.
Jewish Catacombs in Rome
Exploring the Jewish Catacombs
The Streets of Rome
Exploring this romantic architectural ancient city.
Husband (Josh) and I
My sister Alexa
Falling in love more and more any day
Lauren, Nicole, Dad (John), Me and Alexa (From left to right)
Rooftop dinner in Rome
Enjoying some wine with my hubby
Via Condotti Street in Rome
St. Angelo Bridge
Widest Steps in all of Europe
The Spanish Steps
Mausoleum of Hadrian
Built in 123-139 AD
Built by/for: Hadrian
World’s Smallest Country
Founded: February 11, 1929
Family Private Tour of the Vatican After Hours. We were actually there with Reese Witherspoon!
St. Peter’s Basilica was designed by Michelangelo
Niccoline Chapel is tucked inside the Tower of Innocent III, on the second floor of the Palazzo Vaticano. It is especially notable for its fresco paintings by Fra Angelico (1447–1451)
Imperial Porphyry came from Egypt. This purple stone was a symbol of wealth and power in Ancient Rome. This purple shade is no longer found anywhere.
Room of Heliodorus by Raphael
Very Rare Red Marble Roman Statue
Behind The Scenes- The Pope did not want to have to climb the staircase so he had this ramp built that would allow him to be carried up this ramp.
I just couldn’t get enough of this tile on the ramp!
This is one of the views from the ramp at the Vatican
Modern Art at the Vatican