Tuesday 5 August 2014

Roaming Roma: Siteseeing - Day 2

Friday 25th July

We've had breakfast, we're armed with the map again
& so we head off to do some 'siteseeing' (yes, I know
I've misspelt it again - there is a reason for doing so,
which will be obvious in my next blog post).

First stop today was a recommendation by our friend Maria,
and not far from the hotel, La Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Not 'the' Sistine Chapel
The Basilica became the final resting place of 
Saint Pius V, who was originally entombed in
the Vatican in 1572, but his remains were moved to this
Sistine Chapel in 1698.

Final resting place for Saint Pius V
Next port of call was the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, 
purely because I have a passion for religious buildings & art.
The ceiling here didn't disappoint either...

The Miracle of the Chains, by Giovanni Batista Parodi
And then we headed for the 'must see' site -
Il Colosseo, and it appeared that every other
tourist in Rome had headed there too.
But we weren't planning on joining the queue
to go inside, so we stood on the hill overlooking 
it for a while, clicking away with our cameras.
And I almost managed to make the crowds disappear.....

What happened to the hordes at Il Colosseo?

Arco di Costantino

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