Each time my mom has come to visit us we have taken one side trip. This time she picked Rome. We left the kids behind with Grandma Bea, and had a packed 3 days sight-seeing the amazing city of Roma.
My navigation skills are not the greatest, but with the help of Rick Steves and a few extremely large monuments, we were able to pack in all the great sites. Viva Italia!
Trevi fountain at night
Exterior view of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica
inside the Vatican
The School of Athens by Raphael
Sistine Chapel, courtesy Web Gallery of Art
Sistine Chapel detail, courtesy of Web Gallery of Art
St. Peter's Basilica interior
view of Rome from Michelangelo's dome
early morning on the Palatine Hill
my mom and I in the Colosseum
Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini in the Piazza Navona
Bernini statue at the incredible Borghese Gallery. Courtesy of Borghese Official Site