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Start of an Adventure that we will never ever forget.

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Tuesday 20th June :

Country: ITALY
Population: 61,000,000 (lots of people)
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro (1 Euro = 1.57 NZD)

We started our adventure in Europe! We left Cardiff at 1:35 and arrived into Rome at 4:30.IMG_20170620_115615.jpg20170620_172639.jpg
After we collected our luggage and went through customs we got a shuttle to Roma Camping (Where we were staying, It had a pool!!!!! ) And checked in. We were staying in a small chalet. We found where the pool was and swam for the next 2 hours because it was so hot, the temperature for our stay is supposed to be in the thirties, there is a short walk to a supermarket - here I have learnt my first italian word ‘entrata’ meaning entrance, ‘uscita’ meaning exit!

Wednesday 21st June:
We walked into the Vatican City, The line to get in was long but once you were in, it was worth it. There was a huge wall leading up to the Vatican i can’t imagine trying to get in through the walls! The Pope was speaking so there was a lot of security( We didn’t see him speak.) We got to the top and walked though the rooms, some of the rooms were based on a different part or time in the Roman Catholic Church and some of them were based on the different Popes. The Vatican is one of the oldest museums in the world with a huge collection of older treasures, there were a number of huge paintings, and amazing artwork on the walls. It is hard to imagine how the paintings were done on the walls and the ceilings such a long time ago, there was lots of gold paint so the Church must have been quite rich. There was lots of maps, globes and star patterns that indicated there must have been quite a few people who studied the stars and geography in older times. Close up views of some of the tapestrys and paintings were interesting you could see where someone had a brushstroke but the painting was twice the height of me!!

My favourite room was the Sistine Chapel because the roof had a whole heap of paintings painted on it. It was a very blue roof and a big chapel, this is where they send the smoke out after they have elected a new Pope, black smoke for no decision, white smoke for a new Pope. It was very hot inside and there were so many people walking through the Vatican, it is amazing to think the Catholic religion has attracted such a following so many years afterward. After the Sistine Chapel we went outside and ate our lunch before walked back to the camping ground and going for a big swim. Swimming was a saviour as it was soo hot, we like Italy for the food also - my favourites, pizza and pasta and lots of tomatoes, mozarella, olives and bread.

Thursday 22 June:
We caught the Metro to the Colosseum. IMG_20170622_111751-PANO.jpg20170622_134752.jpg90_20170622_140650.jpg20170622_134552.jpg180_20170622_112845.jpg180_20170622_112539.jpg90_20170622_141547.jpgThe colosseum was huge. It took us about 1hr to walk around the top layer and about 20mins around the bottom layer. This stadium was built in 72 AD - this is when it was started and was finished in 80 AD! It could hold up to 60,000 people - crazy to think it was like a modern rugby stadium but built about 1940 years ago! Gladiators didn’t really have a chance fighting others either with or without armour or weapons, you could ask for ‘Mercy’ if you would like a quick death - this was asked of the crowd and even if you asked for mercy it could be turned down by the crowd and your death could be prolonged!!! Ladies were seated in a different part of the stand at the top while men were closer to the action. The white marbled seats had emperor’s names engraved into them and you can still see some of these today. Emperor’s were in charge of putting on the games in the stadium and also paying for them, some had extensive numbers of exotic animals to fight also including bears, lions, panthers and tigers. Once we had seen all of the Colosseum, we walked to the Trevi Fountain. The carving was amazing.It was carved in 1762 by an artist named Nicola Salvi We threw in coins and made a wish. The water was so blue and clear. There were a lot of Policeman there making sure that nobody sat on the fountain or went into the water, Emily got whistled at for sitting on the steps!! We threw in about 3.50 euro but I’m not telling what I wished for!!! About 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day.The Fountain itself was huge and had many smaller fountains coming out of the big one. We then carried on walking to the Spanish steps. There were 135 steps and they conect Piazza de Spagna and the Trinita dei Monti Church.The view was so cool because you could see straight over the top of Rome!!!!

Posted by Smithys 05:59 Archived in Italy Tagged vatican spanish_steps colosseum trevi_fountain

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