On our second day in Rome, we tried out second time to get into St. Peter’s Basilica and were successful!
St.Peter’s was probably the most elaborate and beautiful church I have ever seen. It was absolutely massive inside, and had very extensive statues, alters, and artwork on the floors, walls, and ceilings.
After our walk around the church, we went to the basement where they had buried all of the old popes.
We then made our way up the church to start our climb to the top of the dome for a 360 view of the city. We had to climb about 320+ stairs to the top.
The stairs were extremely small and narrow, and the stair wells were very hot and tight. Anyone who was claustrophobic would hate this. Finally after lots of sweating and cursing, we made it to the top. It thankfully was worth seeing the amazing view.
After our hike, we were starving and decided to stop for a quick lunch.
We then headed over to the Collosseum.
It was stunning in all it’s glory!
We went inside and took a your of the old deteriorating stadium.
It was a really cool experience listening to the ancient stories of the stadium, and what it was used for. They used to have two different kinds of fights in the stadium. One was between gladiators, (one type was trained, the other type were slaves), and the second was between wild animals. If you were a loser, and happened to be a slave, you usually would partake in a third special game where it is you against the wild animal. Yikes! It was kinda fun imagining yourself back in those times, and picturing what a stadium filled with thousands of people watching would be like.