Yesterday our family returned from a great 3-day weekend in Rome. We were able to visit most of the major sights. On Friday, we toured the Coliseum, Roman Ruins, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. My son had studied the Roman Empire in his elementary class last year, so it was great that he could experience history in person. That alone was worth the cost of our trip.
On Saturday, we toured Castel Sant’Angelo, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Cathedral. It was great to see these famous areas in person, but the crowds were overwhelming at times. One of my favorite parts was just crossing the border into the Vatican City State, which is regarded as a separate country.
We knew that touring Rome in a weekend would require a lot of walking, but even then, we underestimated the mileage that we would cover on foot. I carried my GPS with us to navigate the city streets, and it noted that we covered 12.5 miles of walking on Friday and nearly 9 miles on Saturday. Guess that explains why we were so tired on Sunday when we returned to Paderno del Grappa for the final week of the CIMBA summer program.