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When in Rome….

June 30, 2015
When In Rome

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!
When In Rome

Here are a few highlights from ROMA:

Colosseum
Construction began in 70 AD
Construction ended in 80 AD
Built By: Vespasian, Titus

Rome Colosseum

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.

Colosseum At Nightime
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Colosseum at Night Time

Pantheon
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.
Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon in Rome

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.

Altare della Patria

Sisters: Caroline, Nicole, Alexa, Lauren (Left to Right)


Palatine Hill
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.

Palatine Hill

Old apartment buildings in Ancient Rome

Old tiles found in the Palatine Hill

Old tiles found in the Palatine Hill


Roman Forum

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

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Roman Forum

Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum

Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum

Temple of Vespasian and Titus in the Roman Forum

Temple of Vespasian and Titus in the Roman Forum


Jewish Catacombs
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

Jewish Catacombs in Rome

Exploring the Jewish Catacombs

Exploring the Jewish Catacombs


The Streets of Rome

Exploring this romantic architectural ancient city.

The Streets of Rome

Husband (Josh) and I

Streets of Rome

My sister Alexa

The Streets of Rome

Falling in love more and more any day

The Streets of Rome

Lauren, Nicole, Dad (John), Me and Alexa (From left to right)

Rooftop dinner in Rome

Rooftop dinner in Rome

Enjoying some wine with my hubby

Enjoying some wine with my hubby

Via Condotti Street in Rome

Via Condotti Street in Rome

St. Angelo Bridge

St. Angelo Bridge


Spanish Steps
Widest Steps in all of Europe

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps


Castel Sant’Angelo

Mausoleum of Hadrian
Built in 123-139 AD
Built by/for: Hadrian

Castel Sant'Angelo


Vatican
World’s Smallest Country
Founded: February 11, 1929

Family Private Tour of the Vatican After Hours

Family Private Tour of the Vatican After Hours. We were actually there with Reese Witherspoon!

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica was designed by Michelangelo

Niccoline Chapel

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

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

Room of Heliodorus by Raphael

Red Marble Roman Statue

Very Rare Red Marble Roman Statue

Pope's Ramp

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.

Ramp Tile

I just couldn’t get enough of this tile on the ramp!

View from Ramp

This is one of the views from the ramp at the Vatican

Modern Art at the Vatican

Modern Art at the Vatican

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