Rome please take pity on your weary travelers. Rome was one of the worst European experiences I have ever had. This was due to the transportation strike and the fact we couldn't find a cheap place to stay. The first day we walked to all the the sites and spent a lot of time at the train station trying to figure out how to salvage the rest of Rome. On the second day we took the metro saw the Vatican, then spent more time in the train station figuring out how we could just leave Italy. Needless to say Italy isn't a high on 'must return' to see list. Rome does have by far the most impressive collection of significant historical sites of any city I've visited.

Cars and scooters rule the streets Guess who isn't liking Rome? San Maria Maggiore The colosseum wants it's photo taken with me. I acquiesce.

side street

The colosseum has revitalized this wanderer. Entrance was free today...saved 10 euros! Roman Forum  
Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II Parthenon Front of Parthenon Inside Colonna Traiana
detail line to vatican museum forget it! Saint Peter's  
Huge Vatican   Back to the train station. Apparently you can translate Darth Vader's name. NoŽl rates her Roman experience.

On to Venice...