Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Visit to Pompei and Roma

After Ischia Island, we spent the next three days we had to visit the ancient ruins of Pompei (the city that was covered in mud, ash, and other debris from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius). Being from Canada, I have never been exposed to very old structures, monuments, etc so, going to Pompei was quite the treat.

Even though Pompei was great, Kim and I were really glad that we first went there before we went to Roma. For those of you have never been there, visiting Roma was just something else. The grandeur of the ancient buildings completely topped anything from Pompei. The shrear scale of the buildings just made me wonder, the Romans were architectural genious. The best example of this was to see the Coloseum. This enormous arena held upwards of 70,000 people and, get this, took them only 10 years to construct it! How long did the Victoria arena take? Maybe not 10 years but in comparison, the Save on Centre is a piece of garbage compared to the engineering of the Coloseum.

Everything in Roma is so close that we were able to visit almost everything we wanted to on foot. All our photos can be seen here but the following is a sneek peak:

St. Peter's Square (we were very exited to be blessed!)

The Vatican was pretty amazing

Vatican Roof

Some old white dude
A really big sausage

Piazza Navona

The Pantheon

Fountain di Trevi

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
A more recent building that is impressive but kind of ugly compared to the ancient structures that surround it. It's the 'ass crack of Roma' as one local put it.

Roman Forum (this and the Coloseum were the best places to go for me)

The Coloseum

S. Giovanni in Laterano Church
I think the scuptures in this church were the best to be found anywhere in Roma.


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