Alas me hearties I have concluded my tour of the wonderful city of Rome.... I leave with scrapes on my chin due to the jaw dropping beauty of the city. I have visited so many sites in so little time that it hard to believe that I will not be returning for quite some time, but I have ensured a safe return one day by throwing a coin over my left shoudler into the Trevi Fountain. Words nor photos could ever do this beautiful city justice.... to truely appreciate you have to come and visit! Put it on your bucket list.
The Colloseum is the most epic structure I have ever witnessed in my life. From the moment you turn the corner and see it for the first time it comands your attention. As a pirate I haven't seen too many stadiums, let alone ancient structures such as this one. To think in its hay day it could house 55 000 people and had an adjustable roof! Those clever Romans! But my memory of the Colloseum shall forever be tainted. Outside the structure were Roman Centurions (or men dressed as such) who politely offered to take our photos, then demanded money! Alas there was too many of them to fight off with my sword and they got away with a quantity of my booty! Arghhhh.... I got hawked! So friends when in Rome, or just as a general rule, never trust a Roman Centurion..... EVER!
You could sail the seven seas and never find a fountain as beautiful as the Trevi fountain. Every corner and every niche is cover with some ornate sculpture which seemed to come alive out of the very wall they protrude from. The constant running water make the scene so perfect and tranquil that you can not help but gaze at its beauty for an age.... What am I talking about, I am a pirate! There must be something in the water.... Well I guess when in Rome.
A trip to Rome would not be complete with out a trip to the Vatican. I manged to squeeze in two trips to the museums and bearly scraped the iceberg. The tour guide said if you were to spend 30 seconds at each exhibit it would take you 6 years to eventually exit at the other side of the 8 km of hallways.... not including toilet or food breaks! So we obviously got a very abridged version and saw some of the main highlights. Of course the final highlight was the Sistine Chapel where we spent a good 45 minutes admiring Michaelangelo's epic masterpieces. For a man who claimed not to be a painter, he sure can make a pretty picture. From here we entered Saint Peter's Bascilica, and WOW just WOW! A truely amazing building that words nor pictures could ever truely capture. Marble of every colour and statues everywhere you look. An enormous and most humbling building... even for a pirate. Then we scaled the 320 plus steps to the top of the bascilica (the Cupola) where at the very top it was like walking in a slanted house as the dome walls closed in on us. Eventually it opened out to a 360 degree view of all of Rome, which was worth every single hard laboured step! We eventually descended and finally exited into Saint Peter's Square, which is actually circular..... go figure.
Paid visit to the Spanish Steps and the many ancient ruins of Rome. Stood on the site of the birth place of Rome and using a very good imagination (with the help of an excellent tour guide) openned my mind and visualised the ancient city. To think that the cobbled roads that I walked down were 2000 years ago shared by victorious Roman generals and Emperors!! Also did some people watching at the various piazzas around Rome and took plenty of time out for pizza, pasta and gelato.... a true pirates diet (or Italian pirates at least).
Other than that drank and was merry....
Fair well for now me hearties