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Separated at the Sistine Chapel!

I never dreamed (or had a nightmare) that when I finally got to see the famous Sistine Chapel, I would remember it more for what happened to pull me away from it than for the amazing artwork I saw inside … Continue reading

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The Sistine Chapel: A feast for the eyes

It’s an exercise in patience getting to the Sistine Chapel, but once you get there, try to find a seat and take it all in at your own pace.  Don’t hurry.  Try to tune out the noise and the crowds … Continue reading

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The Vatican Museum: Opulence, Grandeur and Great Art

After strolling leisurely through the practically empty National Museum earlier in the day, it was an uncomfortable contrast to be herded like cattle through the extremely crowded Vatican Museum.  I hear it’s always crowded, though, so you just have to … Continue reading

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The National Museum: Worth a quick look

For a Roman history buff, The National Museum would probably be fascinating.  But for me, there were only a few standout things to see here, and if I had missed it completely, I wouldn’t have felt bad.  Still, the things … Continue reading

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Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill, right next to the Colosseum, holds the remains of what was once a 150,000 square foot emperor’s palace.  Emperor Domitian, who built this palace in about A.D. 81, had a grand view of both The Forum and the … Continue reading

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The Colosseum

The movie, “Gladiator” gave me a good idea of what the Colosseum must have looked and felt like at the height of its glory nearly 2000 years ago, with 50,000 screaming spectators watching “barbarians” fight to the death against other … Continue reading

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Roma Pass Saves Time & Money

If you’re going to spend more than one day in Rome, buy the Roma Pass.  www.romapass.it For €25, you get free admission to two tourist sites and a discount (about 30%) at many more of the most popular attractions, and … Continue reading

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