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All Roads Lead to Rome

All roads lead to Rome, including my own. Only for three days though as I’ve got a schedule to keep people! Rome was very….um….Roman? With lot’s of grand monuments and epic ruins to keep me busy while I tried my best to overcome the intense heat that has been following me round these last few weeks. While some places are overrated and some are underrated I think Rome is appropriately rated, a historical location with lots of interesting things to enjoy. Vatican City was a must-do, as were the Pantheon, Colosseum and Spanish Steps but for me the highlight was cycling down the Appian Way, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it.

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Relaxing at the Spanish Steps

Here’s a nice shot of people relaxing at the base of the Spanish Steps on another hot day in Rome, definitely a better alternative to walking up them…

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Cycling the Appian Way

Cycling the Appian Way (one of the earliest and most important Roman roads) was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in Italy. After renting a bike I cruised over the old cobblestone road at a leisurely pace past some gorgeous scenery. In was nice to get out of the big city and into a more rural area to see a different side of Rome. Naturally I bit off more than I could chew and went all the way out to Lake Albano, a popular spot that luckily had no shortage of gelato, an essential source of energy for the grueling trip home.

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Exploring Vatican City

Today I got up bright and early and headed to Vatican City in an attempt to tick off my Dan Brown inspired list of sites with the least amount of time spent in lines as possible. In the end it didn’t go too badly, I was the first person to the top of St Peter’s Basilica (awesome view!) and had a quick look around the square before making my way to the Vatican Museum. It was at this point where I got back to the reality of traveling around Europe in the summer and the outrageous lines that go with it. There was around an hours wait to get into the museum but I’m getting used to in now so it wasn’t too bad. Some of the art and architecture was beautiful and the Sistene Chapel is probably worth the wait by itself. All in all it was a fun morning exploring Vatican City.

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The Pantheon

The Pantheon was a nice surprise, sure it’s overrun with tourists like me but it’s a beautiful space and I love the light that comes through the top of the dome, two thumbs up!

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The Roman Forum

It is so hot, so very very hot. Obviously it’s the perfect day to explore the Roman Forum and all it’s ruins. I’ll probably go in the early afternoon to maximize the intense heat and dehydration…

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Fifty Shades of Colosseum

‘”Take me to the Colosseum!” is what I said to no one in particular when I arrived in Rome on a stinking hot summer’s day. It was only a walking distance from where I was staying so I ended up taking myself on foot. Now I am the proud owner of Colosseum photos from every time of day imaginable, fifty shades of Colosseum if you will.

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