The Vatican, the Colloseum, the Roman Forum and the Parthenon
Rome! Its super beautiful. First we went to the Vatican museum to see some of the most famous pieces of art in existence:
Yep, that's the Sistine Chapel (shhhhh! I'm not supposed to have these photos!).
We also saw St. Peter's Basilica - this thing is HUGE and GORGEOUS. As a point of reference, il Duomo - the Florentine monolithe - could fit INSIDE St. Peter's.
Later, we saw the Fontana di Trevi - we made a wish at 11:11 at 11/11/11. A SUPER WISH.
We also walked up and down the 175 Spanish Steps:
For dinner I had some phenomenal pasta carbonara - YUM!
The next day, we saw the Colloseum:
All roads lead to Rome... unless you are already in Rome, and then the roads lead... um...
We saw the Roman Forum:
And the Parthenon:
And for lunch, I tasted another Roman classic - bucatini all'amatriciana. Its a long, thick spaghetti-like tube with a tomato sauce that has rendered bacon bits in it... tasty tasty! I also tried some ricotta and pesto pizza (delish, from a place called zazá pizza).
AND THE BEST COFFEE OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. Caffe con panna - coffee with cream - is a true Roman delicacy. A strong, balanced espresso with a giant mountain of cool, lightly sweetened, home-made whipped cream... I got it from the best place in Italy (and therefore I would argue the best place in the world) Caffe San Eustaricho. A great end to the trip to a WONDERFUL city!