What to say about Rome…  One of the most interesting cities in the world Rome was the capital of the ancient Roman Empire and an important location for artists during the Renaissance.  Rome is really the eternal city.  We visited the Roman Forum and walked down the same streets as Julius Caesar and went to the Colosseum.  Although Rome is now a modern city, the streets are still cobblestone and there are ancient fountains, monuments, and statues around every corner.  Just walking through Rome is an experience.  Inside Rome is the smallest country in the world, Vatican City.  We did a guided tour of the Vatican and saw the stunning Sistine Chapel and went inside the biggest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica.  One of our favorite memories during our stay in Rome was going to the Papal Audience.  We got to see the Pope!  Over 100,000 people gathered in St. Peters Square to get a glimpse of Pope Francesco.  Before beginning his speech he cruised through the crowd, waving and kissing babies.  We got within a few feet of him when he came by our section. This was a moment neither of us will ever forget.  Rome was great but defiantly a busy city, we are looking forward to some lazy time on the beaches on the Amalfi Coast. And now, to the beach!!!

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