Thanksgiving Weekend is the official kickoff to vacation season for a teacher that loves to travel. A few years ago I started taking major trips, and this year I scored a cheap journey to Italy from Gate 1 Travel, a company that I’ve traveled with several times now. The fun started in Rome at the Vatican. St. Peter’s church is as jaw-dropping from the outside as it is from the inside:
I didn’t think I was going to be as blown away by Vatican City as I was. And as you can see from the picture, it was a stunning blue sky day. The temperature was in the high 50s and low 60s and sunny, though it got colder later that weekend.
We’ve all heard about crumbling historic monuments around the world, and I’d read a lot about the Colosseum. Personally, I thought it was totally worth a visit. The Colosseum is still a wonderful treasure.
I rode the Rome Metro from one end of town to the other, with seven miles of walking within the Vatican and Colosseum area. Those old walkways are definitely killers on the lower body! The Metro is a pretty reasonable way to get around. A one day card is seven Euros.