RomeWhen we arrived in Rome, we took a night tour of the city. We saw the Spanish steps, and I threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain so that I would return some day. The Pantheon and the Colosseum were lit up in the dark. I ate some yummy gelatti ice-cream before going back to camp.Rome-2

We spent the next morning at the Vatican. We took the elevator and the stairs to get to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Up there we looked out over the city of Rome. It was very nice inside – the best cathedral I’ve ever seen. It is the largest cathedral in the world. Famous sculptures and paintings are in there, including Michelangelo’s pieta (a sculpture of Mary with Jesus). The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was fantastic, especially Rome-3the Creation of Adam. I bought a poster of it.

After lunch, I went underground to the catacombs. The damp, earthy walls were cold and creepy. As the tunnels wound around, you couldRome-4 easily get lost down there. (People are buried there.)

The next day I saw the inside of the Pantheon. There were also museums with statues and famous paintings. I saw the ruin of a labyrinth of rooms under the Colosseum and wondered how many terrified people had died at that location. I also saw the Roman Forum, which was in complete ruins aside from a few columns. The day ended with pouring rain.

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