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One of the great things about not planning our trip too far in advance in that sometimes you have some great last minute adventures.  Rome wasn’t on our list of places to visit, but we managed to fit in 4 days, and we’ve made the most of them.

We started with a visit to the Vatican.  The kids have actually learned quite a lot about religion during this trip, so it was interesting to show them around the Vatican.  Luckily, we started with a 7:30 am pre-opening tour, so we didn’t have to wait in this horribly long line.

A short tour through the Vatican museum culminated in the Sistine Chapel, which the kids actually found impressive.  Hallelujah!

That’s not actually a relief – the 3D painting is just that awesome.
And in a very cool moment, Connor played cars in the Vatican garden.

The kids were ready to go home by now, but we managed to squeeze in a walk through St. Peter’s Basilica.

What’s down there!?

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t even come up to that statue’s knee.
The next day we were off to Gladiator School, but you’ve already read about that.

That afternoon we managed to wrangle the kids out of the house for a visit to the Trevi Fountain…

And the Spanish Steps (Sophie, upon seeing them: But mom, they’re just stairs.  We can see stairs anywhere!).

Now that we had learned how to be Gladiators, it was time to visit the Colloseum.  A 90 minute tour gave us some good background info.  First, we saw the ruins of the old Gladiator School (not nearly as cool as the Gladiator School we went to).

Tour guide: What kind of animal is that?

Connor: A unicorn!

After that it was time to go home for a rest, but we weren’t done, yet.  That afternoon we made it back out to see the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.  So many obelisks and fountains!  And window flower boxes – my favourite!

Our angel!
Who’s tired?  Not us!  Today was all about the Roman Forum and the Palantine Hill.  


And with that, our time in Rome is complete.  Tomorrow we get on the plane to London.  Ciao, continental Europe!


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