Europe Day 10 – Rome, The Vatican, Corte di Cassazione

by Troy Grosfield
June 4th, 2010
Corte di Cassazione

Corte di Cassazione

Driving into the center of Rome was everything I imagined it would be and so much more. My initial impression of Rome from what I had heard from others and seen in pictures was the thought that Rome was only about 3 main attractions:

  1. The Vatican
  2. The Coliseum
  3. The Spanish steps

I was very wrong. Every road you walk down has much history looks like it’s straight out of a scene from Gladiator. You can see an immense amount of history all around.  The buildings are incredible and most have very large statues of Greek gods and chariots.

Corte di Cassazione

Across the street from the apartment we rented was the Corte di Cassazione. I had never heard of it, but it sure made quite the impression. It was directly across the Tevere river and takes up the majority of the city block.  It’s fascinating how detailed every inch of the building appears.  The walk across the bridge was incredible and the closer you get to the builder the in awe you become.

Inside of the Vatican

Inside of the Vatican

The Vatican

We then went to the Vatican. No amount of pictures will ever do this place justice. When you walk up you are in awe of the statues of all the previous Popes lined in a circle around the center square of the Vatican City. The sculptures sit on top of many very large Roman columns.

When you walk inside you will be amazed at how much detail goes into the walls, ceiling, and floor. Every square inch of the inside is cover with either a sculpture or painting. The paintings are very vibrant colors which lights up the dim lit room.

It was hard walking more than 5 minutes at a time without feeling like I needed to grab my camera a take another picture of some other stunning view. Rome is a tourists nirvana!

Outside of the Vatican

Inside the Vatican

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