Sunday was our last day in Rome. We had a late flight, so the whole day was open to explore. We visited the main ancient sites (all within sight of each other, much like a university campus) then a couple of churches a bit further afield. Lots of pictures at Flickr.
First, after some general wondering about, we visited the Mamerine Prison. It is where Peter and Paul were imprisoned in Rome. You are able to just walk right in. It was amazing to be somewhere that you read so much about in the Bible.
From there we headed over to the Colosseum. It was crowded, but it didn’t bother me as it was a stadium, so it was like seeing it in its natural state. It was another sunny, cold day, so reminded me of Memorial Stadium in the fall.
Then we explored the Forum a bit. Lots of old stuff. Oh, and we saw the Brits again. Four days in a row. Definitely creepy.
After having enough of the really old stuff, we set off to find a spot of pizza then up to San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains). The church contains, you guessed it, the chains of St Peter. It is actually more famous for the fabulous statue of Moses by Michelangelo.
We then made a quick dash over to San Giovanni in Laterano. It was the first Christian church in Rome (A.D. 318) and is the home church of the Pope.
The Holy Stairs are in a building across the street. I remember seeing photos of people climbing the stairs on their knees when I was a very small child.
We took the bus back to get our bags at the hotel and head to the airport. We got a taxi to the train station, which was a great experience of Italian driving. Crazy.
We had a very late flight back to LHR, but everything went really smoothly, iris scan through passport control, we were one of the first bags off the carousel, the parking van came right away and the roads were wide open.
When we got home we had sandbags across the door, but we lifted the bags over, happy to find the downstairs still dry.