End of Rome

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I am condensing the next 2 days of Rome into this final Rome post so I can tell you more about other parts of our trip. Since I am in Morocco right now its hard to focus on going in order when I just want to post current pictures but I am trying to go in order! 

Anyways, the next day in Rome we went to the very cool Campo Di Fiori market where vendors sell spices, fruits, vegetables, olive oils etc. It was a food blogger's dream! 

You better believe I bought some spices right then and there but I bought pasta at the grocery store as that was much more sensible [and cheaper]. 

Then we went to the Roman Forum, the ancient ruins of Rome. It was very cool to imagine the thriving city that was once here with temples, government and law buildings and markets. It requires a lot of imagination but the foundation is there, literally, to help you picture it. 

Needless to say it was cool to see!

After the Roman Forum, we went to the Capuchin crypt where the bones of more than 4,000 monks are arranged into artwork. It was very moving, fascinating, and sad all at one time. 
You aren't allowed to take photographs but here is one from the internet to give you an idea. 

Then we headed to the Pantheon. An awesome building to behold and really makes you understand the size of the Roman forum if it were still standing in all its glory today. 

On our last day we went to the Roman Catacombs. They take you on a tour several stories underground and it is very interesting, again, no pictures. But it was cool to get out of the city a little bit and to see the respect that was shown for all the Christian martyrs then and today. 

Finally, we stumbled on the gorgeous San Giovanni church on our way home from the Catacombs. Honestly, it rivaled the Vatican but not quite there. It was originally home to the Pope in Italy before the Vatican which is probably why it was so large and beautiful. It was one of those great accidental finds. 

So that is the end of Rome! We had a great 4 days! Next stop....Florence!

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