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Photo of the Day – The Mighty Italian Stadium – Colosseum – Rome, ItalyBefore visiting the Colosseum for the first time, it is an absolute must that you sit down and watch the movie Gladiator. Since today the Colosseum sits in partial ruins, you need the action packed images from the film to really help bring this Roman spectacle to life!
Photo of the Day – Massive Roman Catholic Facade – St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome, ItalyStanding in St. Peter’s square offers a cornucopia of spectacular views. The surrounding colossal Tuscan colonnades and the Egyptian obelisk situated at the center are two of my favorites, but the massive, detailed faced of St. Peter’s Basilica is what sends chills down my spine. To get a true feel of just how large this building is, notice how the people walking into the basilica appear the size of tiny ants. Incredible!
Photo of the Day – Hello Romans – St. Peter’s Square – Rome, ItalyMy favorite part of visiting St. Peters Basilica was climbing to the top of the dome and looking out across St. Peters Square with the feeling that, for a brief second, the entire city of Rome was looking up at me as if I was the pope! You have to climb quite a few stairs to get up there, but I highly recommend putting in the effort while you’re taking in the Vatican.
Photo of the Day – Trevi Fountain at Night – Rome, ItalyA trip to Rome is not complete without visitng the Trevi Fountain at night. The ornate sculptures that make up the fountain are all museum worthy and the Corinthian columned backdrop is a site to see on it’s own.
One word of caution, the fountain is surrounded by thousands of tourists around the clock. I have good friends in Rome and they told me the best time to view the fountain is at 5 in the morning while everyone is sleeping. If you get lucky you might be the only person there. Give it a shot!
Photo of the Day – Serious Statues – Vatican Museum – Rome, ItalyThrough all of my global adventures I’ve been able to explore the majority of the top museums on the planet. But the Vatican Museum absolutely blew me away. The small size of the museum relative to its peers is what sets it apart. Most museums seem to follow the pattern of showcasing a few pieces of art in empty, grandiose rooms. The Vatican Museum takes a different approach and literally lines the walls of their rooms with its impressive collections. The rooms are much more raw and are absolutely overflowing with an endless supply of art.
I particularly enjoy a very long corridor of the Vatican Museum with hundreds of busts on display. Take a slow walk down this hall and I promise your jaw will drop in amazement. I took this photo of several of the heads lined up together in this room.
What is your favorite museum you have visited? What is unique about the experience that makes it stand out from the rest?