Friday, June 01, 2007

June 1 - Rome

Today we entered Rome through Civitacchia, Rome's seaport since the 13th century. Like Florence, Rome is about an hour and a half from the seaport.

Today we opted for a guided tour since the city is waaay to large for walking AND getting anything accomplished in the short time we had.

The Colosseum, built in 80 A.D, was amazing. It was so easy for me to sense the pulse of Caesar's bloodsport--gladiators, chariots, wild beast, centurions cheered on by 50,000 fans cheering for their death. It was here many early Christians were sport for the lions before Constantine mainstreamed Christianity in 312 A.D. And, the Forum, just across the street, Rome's political religious, and commercial center.

Had some time, too, at the Vatican and St. Peter's Church. It's hard for me to war, up to the weight of all that Catholicism, but Michelangelo's Pieta, the remarkable sculpture of Mary cradling the crucified Christ, which he completed at age 24, and the tomb of St. Peter were worth everything.

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