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This is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. While it was in use it would have been able to hold up to 50,000 spectators who would have been watching the games that were held here. The colosseum is most well known for housing gladiator games, the flat space in the center of the Colosseum would have had a stage covered in sand. Now there is only a small section that has a stage, even without it though, you can totally picture what the Colosseo must have looked like when it was in use. It’s a little expensive to visit, (discounts are available, especially if you are a student from the EU, but you need proof of this with ID) but it’s totally worth it! It’s a really cool site and a fantastically preserved piece of the Roman Empire that really allows the visitor a glimpse of the past, and all of the history that has built up to the current city of Rome.

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This picture was taken in a little alley in a smaller neighborhood of Rome, a little bit outside the main city. We went over here to just wander around we found some cool places to shop, and there were a bunch of cute little cafes around. We also visited a ┬áreally pretty little church. Rome is a great place, and the city has a lot to offer, but it’s worth while to wander around the back streets. Really get a feel for the city, the parts outside of the more heavily touristed areas. We took the bus here, and to a few other smaller neighborhoods, we definitely enjoyed seeing the slower, more local side of Rome. So if you have some extra time, take a detour! Just a mini-adveture to get a better idea of more than one aspect of the city, it’s worth it!

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This is a photograph of some graffiti that we found while wandering around some back streets in a small neighborhood of Rome, Italy. Graffiti like this, the more artsy kind rather than just tagging, was not something that we saw a lot of in Rome, or Florence. This piece, I thought, was particularly beautiful, and it really stood out in the tiny neighborhood area. I’m pretty sure that this artist is one that we saw while we were in London too, I believe the square at the bottom right is the signature.

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Gilded Ceiling

A ceiling in the hallway at the Vatican. The photo was taken in Vatican City, in Italy. There are a ton of really cool ceilings (and other stuff) in the vatican, but just so you know you can’t take pictures of the Sistine Chapel.

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Frozen in Time

A picture of one of the casts made by early archaeologists at Pompeii Scavi in Italy. Let me reiterate for anyone who hasn’t looked on this blog before; I am a HUGE archaeology dork. So, if you are like me, or you just like awesomeness in general I would highly recommend a trip to these ruins as well as some of the smaller sites that are near by. Pompeii is really big, but i’d suggest going in every room you have access to; you never know what awesome things might be hiding behind those walls.

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A young Hercules and an older gentleman. Taken at the Archaeology Museum in Naples, Italy. Super cool museum, maybe make a day trip over there if you are in the area, or on your way to Pompeii or Herculaneum.

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Unwritten

Graffiti in Naples, Italy. The future is unwritten/ non-scripted. I don't have any knowledge about what it means in the context of Italian graffiti or if it has a specific meaning in relation to something else there, I just like the idea of an unwritten life.

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