Such Wealth & Beauty In Rome…..

There are many free guides to Rome online. One of them is  – Rome Guide Online: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome

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It was a busy, walking holiday but I really enjoyed it. There is so much to discover and everywhere is quicker on foot as many of the small streets are one way. Crossing the streets at zebra crossings is taking your life in your hands. The drivers speed and some don’t stop!! It is like playing chicken, not for the faint hearted! The streets are cobbled and you walk everywhere so bring a comfortable pair of shoes!!!

The food In Rome was more bulk than quality. Great fresh pasta, pizzas and mouth watering ice-cream.

Italian Food: http://www.yourguidetoitaly.com/popular-foods-of-italy.html

The art and architecture were amazing.

Museums & Art Galleries: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/jul/13/top-10-museums-galleries-rome

Rome’s Art Master Pieces: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/10-of-romes-must-see-art-masterpieces/

We booked the guided tours. We bought tickets for most of them in town but the pub crawl and walking tours were free. These can be booked online before you go but there are reps selling tours at every street corner.  The free ones were given by students and you tipped them and that is how they made their money. These have to be booked online.We had someone with a PH.D in Roman History and he was brilliant.

We did : The Colosseum, Vatican City , The Vatican Museums, The Sistine Chapel, The Roman Forum,  Galleria Borghese , Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, St Peter’s Basilica and The Palatine Hill. We paid for a ticket for The Big Red Bus (hop on and off) which gives a one hour and forty minute tour and also it stops at all the major attractions. It is Euro 35.00 for 2 days and you can on the bus upgrade it for an extra Euro 5 for the third day. It is well worth it.

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Rome Attractions: http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-rome/

Groceries and eating out were cheaper than Ireland! The people are lovely and very welcoming to the Irish. The art in the Vatican is so very beautiful! The wealth of the Vatican saddened me while there was so much poverty in the world!

Vatican Museums https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome/attractions/vatican-museums/a/poi-sig/1256585/359975

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Vatican City: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en.html

The Vatican: http://vatican.com/

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The Vatican (Vaticano), or Vatican City State is a sovereign city-state that belongs to the Holy See (Sancta Sedes). The Vatican is situated in a walled enclave inside the city of Rome. The Vatican has a population of less than 1000 and is approximately 0.44 square kilometers, (about 110 acres).Vatican City is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world. The Vatican has its own national Anthem and Flag. The currency in the Vatican is the Euro, although it isn’t a member of the European Union. The Vatican Issues its own special Vatican coins. The Vatican also has its own postal service……..

The Vatican has generally been the residence of the Pope since 1337. The Pope’s residence is also known as the Apostolic Palace and it is located North-East of the St. Peter’s basilica. The Pontifical Swiss Guard is in charge of the security of the Vatican and the Pope’s personal safety. The Pontifical Swiss Guard has been filling this duty since the 16th century.The entire Vatican State is acknowledged as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1984. The main tourist attractions in the Vatican are: St. Peter’s basilica, St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican Museums and the Vatican gardens. The entrance to the Basilica and Square are free of charge. Please note that visitors are asked to dress appropriately when entering the church……..

Vatican Photos: http://vatican.com/photos

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