Day 1 in Rome - We bought the "Renaissance Rome" shore excursion ($110 per person), which started at the famous Spanish Steps, then took us to the Trevi Fountain. When we arrived at the fountain, it was being cleaned, so we had to wait 5 minutes to throw our coins in, then we found a cafe and sat with gelato in hand just watching the hoards of people. Rome is amazing. It is huge, with crazy traffic, but they got it right here in maintaining the Old World charm and beauty that is to be seen in every corner. We walked to the Pantheon, then on to the Piazza Navonna. Beautiful square where we had free time to lunch on our own. We found a pizzeria and had pizza while people watching, then rejoined our group. Final stop was St. Peter's Basilica. The outside is amazing enough, but inside is a truly moving experience. The sheer beauty aside, the magnificence of this place is jaw dropping. The Bernini pulpit is outstanding, and Michelangelo's "Pieta" is gorgeous. We could have stayed much longer than the time we had, but after being walked all over the place, we were pretty tired! The only downside to this tour was the very cramped bus we had to ride the 1 1/2 hours it takes to get into Rome. We are not large people, but thank goodness the bus was not full and we were in the back, so the 2 of us spread out over 4 seats just TRYING to get comfortable.
Day 2 in Rome - We took the private train into Rome which only takes about an hour. Much better way to travel into Rome. Once in Rome, we bought tickets for the hop-on hop-off bus which is a terrific way to get around the city. We rode the entire 2 hour route to just sight-see, then we jumped off to visit the coliseum (which is amazing), then we took the bus up to Vatican City. Our tour guide had told us that in order to avoid the long lines at the Museum, to go at around 12:30 or 1:00pm. We got there at 12:35 and walked right in to the museum, looked at some wonderful art, then breezed on up to the Sistine Chapel. This is magnificent beyond words. If we could only have laid down to stare up, we could have spent hours there...Found a cute trattoria in an alley and had excellent mussels and clam soup and had great fun watching the priests and nuns walking by....hated to see Rome come to an end. We will definitely be back.