Day 2. Visiting The Vatican, Rome

We woke at 8.00 a.m. and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant before catching the metro to Ottaviano S. Pietro station so that we could visit the Vatican.  Since 1929 the Vatican has been an independent state and is located across the Tiber river from central Rome.  It was a beautiful sunny morning …

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Day 3. Rome’s Spanish Steps and an afternoon in Bracciano

It was another bright, sunny morning as we made our way to Piazza di Spagna to climb the Spanish Steps.  The square was already crowded with tourists around the fountain at the foot of the steps known as the 'fountain of the old boat'.  The fountain resembles a sinking ship and is thought to be …

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