50. Rome...The Last Stop

posted Oct 20, 2012, 1:00 PM by Carlie Huberman
So I have finally made it to Rome, my last stop on my 5 month Europe tour!  And I have to say that Rome is a great finale city.  My first day here I circled all of the famous sites on my map an walked to them!  I went to see the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps.  I stumbled upon the massive building that houses the tomb of the unknown soldier and I have to say that it was one of the most remarkable post roman sites.  Seeing it must be what it was like to see the ancient roman buildings in their glory, just pure white marble stretching as far as the eye can see in beautiful and intricate architecture and statues.  I also went to see al of the famous squares and plazas and of course the Pantheon.  The Pantheon was beautiful but I wish they had never turned it into a church, and had just left it as a pagan temple.  When I got to the Pantheon a university choir from Romania was singing accapella.  It seems they were visiting Rome and just decided to start singing cause a few of them were still holding their cameras.  They were excellent!  And it was wonderful to hear them sing the well known classical accapella pieces in latin in front of the pantheon!  That first day I marveled at all of the famous places in Rome from the Renaissance, but on the second day I spent the day in Ancient Rome!  When I first stepped off of the metro in front of the Colosseum it was one of the most amazing experiences.  It really is that magnificent! I took a tour around the Colosseum and it really is a beautiful unbelievable place.  It is a little creepy though knowing how many people were killed for entertainment though in that space.  After the Colosseum I took a tour through the rest of the Roman Forum.  I had an excellent tour guide that knew more Roman history then anyone I have ever met and he was truly an inspiring speaker.  I got to see where Caesar's body was burned, and the Temple to Saturn along with the ruins of many many other important ancient Roman buildings.  Another creepy moment was seeing the monument celebrating the conquering of Jerusalem.  I don't think I have ever before seen a monument still standing celebrating the destruction of my people and especially not of the destruction of our most sacred temple.  That night I had dinner with one of the women I had met at my last hostel in Naples.  We had a really great time.  On my last day, day 154 of my travels I went to Vatican City to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.  The Vatican Museum was impressive,  there is so much famous artwork there, and so much of the building feels like a palace.  The Vatican church itself is one of the most magnificent churches I have ever been into, but the Sistine Chapel, was the real winner.  Every inch of that building is painted with such significant and bright detail.  It really is a master piece. I am now heading home for good.  Tomorrow morning I get on a 3 plans and after 18 hours I will land in Raleigh, NC to try and start my real life!  The next time I write to you, I will be home once again, where I started.  I have had an unbelievable adventure touring Europe by myself, I have learned so much about the world and about me and I wouldn't have given this up for anything!  I will see you at home!