When in Rome…

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.

Colosseum 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.

Author: barblee

Barb Lee is a native of Western Massachusetts who loves to write, travel and hike the world, and hang out with her beautiful Jersey Wooly bunny Muffin. Her whole life changed when she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in October of 2019. By January of 2020, she was bouncing back in a major way. Now, in addition to all her favorite activities, she wants to help others make the most of life following a devastating diagnosis, while she continues to beat the odds.

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