Rome – birthplace of the western civilisation. Once you have visited the ‘eternal city’, you will be overwhelmed with its history, the archeological witnesses and the endless number of ancient buildings. You can almost feel the former power of the Roman Empire and you will get an idea of its rise and fall – and – the empowering of the Catholic Church.

Our four day trip was thus a unique experience topped off by the excellent Italian cuisine, the amazing Gelati (ice cream) and certainly the incredible huge number of tourists.

Most important: make sure you get a hotel in the center. We stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo and can absolutely recommend it.

Vatican Museums

We started with the Vatican Museums on our first day. You can avoid the lines by booking a guided tour in advance – an absolut must if you don’t want to queue for hours. The museum is huge, a three hour tour worked out well for us. It also includes the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peters Basilica.

We also went to the top of the basilica where you get a stunning view of Rome and Vatican City.

Colosseum & Forum Romanum

Despite its barbarous and bloody history, the Collosseum attracts millions of visitors every year. Just the size of this amphitheatre, which could host up to 80’000 spactactors, and the imanigation that tens of thousends of human lives where sacrified for the sake of entertainment conveys a mix of disbelief as well as devotion.

This virtual tour gives you an idea about the ancient setting of the Collosseum, including the Forum Romanum.

Right next to the Collosseum, or in fact as part of it, is the Forum Romanum, a group of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome.

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