With the recent news that Italy has banned Uber, here’s an easy way to call a cab while in Rome or Florence by using a text message. This is a great tip when your language skills are limited to “Grazie” and “Prego”.
Rays of light fill the dome inside the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano – St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. It is the tallest dome in the world and was built with the explicit instruction that it was to rival Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence. Do you think he accomplished this?
Do visit the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi while in Rome. Take your time and marvel at the three Caravaggio paintings – including the The Calling of St Matthew , The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew. I found them by happenstance, as I did the church. I ducked in while waiting for a walking tour to start and the Caravaggio paintings cascaded into my lap reminding me that this is the BEST part of visiting Italy – finding out what you don’t know and then starting to understand how the pieces fit together. Magic.
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The Colosseum in all it’s splendor. I arrived early and watched the sun come up behind it… rising into the blue sky. I craned my neck to see it. Up, up, up. It was glorious.