What can I say? It was amazing! We started with the Vatican Museum which houses thousands of art works including paintings, sculptures, and tapestries.
Even though we were all pretty much exhausted by this point, it was worth it all. But by the time we finished walking around the Basilica with guides constantly talking in our ears, we all felt like this:
So, after a harried subway ride...trying to keep up with 42 college students in a metro during rush hour..., we checked into our hotel rooms. A quick dinner and then back to the hotel to rest and enjoy our first night's sleep with air conditioning in almost 3 weeks! AHHHH!!!
The next day started early again. We had the same guides from the previous day. First, we went to the Forum and the Roman ruins.
When you think about all of this being here for thousands of years, it kind of puts time into perspective. We are all just here for the blink of an eye. Once again our guide was full of colorful stories as he dramaticized the murder of Ceasar and the actions of Marc Anthony as he carried the body through the crowd of citizens. He really made the stones around us come to life.
From here, we moved on to the Colisseum. One word...cool! We had all seen the postcard before, but nothing prepares you for seeing it in person. It's so huge and again, so amazing that's it's still around after all these years.
The Colisseum ended our guided tours for the weekend and although we enjoyed them and learned a lot, I don't think any of us was sad to see the ear buds go!