roman holiday

sort of.

i flew into rome before i came to florence, so i had seen a little bit of it already. i returned this past weekend because my school sponsored a trip to rome and although i wasn't too excited to go back to begin with, i'm glad that i did because i got to see a lot of things that i missed the first time:

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going INSIDE the

colosseum

.

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walking through the

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(ps- these last two are pretty much a classicist's dream, even if i am a hellenist)

and last but not least...

our school organized a private tour of the

vatican museum

.

when i found out about this, i thought we were just going to

have a private tour guide and walk around with other little groups.

nope.

completely private

.

as in after the museum is closed.

and we are the only ones there.

amazing.

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these ceilings were to die for

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the halls of the vatican museum

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rafael's school of athens (!)

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and la capella sistina, or the sistine chapel (these sistine chapel photos weren't allowed. i'm terrible, but i couldn't help myself) the whole time i was in rome, i wanted to take photos at the spanish steps, in front of castel sant' angelo and the mouth of truth but i needed someone to play the gregory peck to my audrey hepburn.

maybe if i come back with david?

:)

thanks, rome.