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Overseas viagra Sad to leave Barcelona, overseas viagra but Serena and I were pretty excited about our next epic destination – Rome!

Overseas viagra Before I go on, overseas viagra the age old question: Is  Roma Pass worth it? YES, overseas viagra it is, overseas viagra if you’re visiting Rome for the first time. Overseas viagra The card only costs €25 for 3 days and gives you free entry for the first two museums / historic sites you visit, overseas viagra as well as the privilege to skip the line on those sites. Overseas viagra It also gives you an unlimited access to the public transportation, overseas viagra which we found very very useful. A visit to the Colosseum (that also includes the Palatine Hill and Roman forum nearby) alone would set you back €13.50. Overseas viagra Then we used our second free entrance at Musei Capitolini, overseas viagra which was €10 and on top of that we practically abused the unlimited public transport . Overseas viagra We were also able to skip a LONG snaking line at the Colosseum, overseas viagra so we think the card basically paid for itself!

Day 5 – November 3, overseas viagra 2011

Overseas viagra Rome Fiumicino Airport is located an hour away from the city, overseas viagra and they do have a train that takes you straight to the Termini station at the heart of Rome. Overseas viagra We chose to take a shuttle bus from the airport though, overseas viagra since it costs €15 which is just €1 more than the train, overseas viagra and the shuttle takes you straight to your hotel. Overseas viagra You can buy the shuttle tickets at the airport train station.

Overseas viagra Anyway, overseas viagra we hit a little blunder finding our hostel. Overseas viagra Getting to the building was fine since the shuttle dropped us off in front, overseas viagra but we had problems locating the hostel itself since they didn’t list which floor they were at! After about 30 mins of frustrated calling and ringing wrong doorbells, overseas viagra someone finally got us into our room. Overseas viagra We were not pleased, overseas viagra but the hostel room itself was nice so iwe were happy again, overseas viagra and would recommend this hostel (called Luxury Rooms in Rome)… just make sure you let them know roughly what time you’re supposed to arrive?

Overseas viagra So after setting our stuff down, overseas viagra we eagerly walked out and explored Rome.

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Overseas viagra The thing about Rome is, overseas viagra if you’ve seen a lot of maps before you’d take one look at the map and freak out because there are a lot to see and the city seems so big. Overseas viagra But once you get down to the actual city, overseas viagra everything is actually within walking distance. Overseas viagra It only seems big on the map because a good chunk of the streets on the map are actually small alleys, overseas viagra and most of them tend to be close together. Overseas viagra It totally threw me off! I’m usually pretty good with directions and can find my way easily, overseas viagra but Rome was a bit tougher.

Overseas viagra Another thing is for a city that is said to be 10, overseas viagra000 years old, overseas viagra Rome’s public transportation is surprisingly outdated. Overseas viagra They only have two (really ghetto) subway lines running across the metropolitan part of Rome. The locals instead rely mostly on city bus which are not easy for tourists.

Overseas viagra Thankfully the city redeemed itself – I would say in terms of sightseeing experience, overseas viagra Rome hands down trumps all the other cities we visited. Overseas viagra Rome is an extremely old civilization, overseas viagra so naturally it houses plenty of historical buildings and these buildings are peppered all over the heart of Rome, overseas viagra right where people are living. Overseas viagra It’s crazy how the Romans are literally living next door to some 2, overseas viagra000 year old ancient buildings!!

Overseas viagra Anyway, overseas viagra we made our way down to Trevi fountain, overseas viagra stopping here and there to take random pictures of the city.

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Overseas viagra But we got lost on the way there (since I, overseas viagra being the navigator, overseas viagra overshot the distance) and ended up way south from where we were supposed to be. Overseas viagra We ended up at National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II, overseas viagra which was so grand and beautiful that we didn’t mind being lost.

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Overseas viagra Eventually we found our way to Trevi fountain, overseas viagra which was possibly the most gorgeous fountain I’ve ever seen! It’s the largest fountain in Rome and dates back to 1762.

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Overseas viagra From then on, overseas viagra it was just historical sites after historical sites. Overseas viagra Best of all, overseas viagra they were public monuments so they were all free! We didn’t even use our Roma pass until the second day.

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Overseas viagra Temple of Hadrian, overseas viagra dates back all the way to 145AD, overseas viagra which was just a short walk from Pantheon

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Overseas viagra The Pantheon. Overseas viagra This one made us go “wow” when we first turned into the area. Overseas viagra It was quite impressive in size, overseas viagra and dates back to about 126AD.

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Overseas viagra Also known as Santa Maria Rotonda

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Overseas viagra The Pantheon’s dome still holds the world’s record for largest unreinforced concrete. Overseas viagra I’m not sure what this means exactly, overseas viagra but quick google search reveals that unreinforced concrete simply means that there is no reinforcement bar within the concrete itself. Overseas viagra Given the sheer size of this dome and the fact that it was build nearly 2, overseas viagra000 years ago, overseas viagra it’s a good indication of how sophisticated roman architecture was!

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Overseas viagra Despite being used as roman catholic church from 7th century, overseas viagra the inside of Pantheon contains statues of many different gods.

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Overseas viagra Sant’Agnese in Agone, overseas viagra an ancient Baroque church dating back to the 16th century.

Overseas viagra Piazza Navona

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Day 6 – November 4, overseas viagra 2011

Overseas viagra Determined to see both Vatican and the Colosseum today, overseas viagra we set out from our hostel early. Overseas viagra We took the bus down Via del Corso and walked past the national monument again. Overseas viagra Pretty during the day :)

Overseas viagra National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

Overseas viagra Also walked past the Trajan’s market ruins

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Overseas viagra And finally… at the end of the main road, overseas viagra it’s the Colosseum! I’ve heard so much about this place!

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Overseas viagra As you can see, overseas viagra the line to the colosseum was unbelievably long. Overseas viagra this is how it looks like outside, overseas viagra then you get inside and line up some more. Overseas viagra Thank god we got the Roma Pass :x

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Overseas viagra Took this later that day.. Overseas viagra looks so pretty sunkissed!

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Overseas viagra Inside the colosseum, overseas viagra it was massive! The colosseum was completed in 80AD and has gone through nearly all of the known Roman history, overseas viagra including several great fires which renders some parts of it irreparable.

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Overseas viagra A horse butt that was found and excavated in 2008. Overseas viagra I forgot how old this is but it’s amazing some details of the statue were still preserved!

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Overseas viagra Arch of Constantine, overseas viagra 312AD.

Overseas viagra We walked over to the Roman forum / Palantine hills area, overseas viagra located just north of the colosseum.

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Overseas viagra Ruins of the Roman forum seen from above. Overseas viagra History in this area dates back to 7th century.

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Overseas viagra Forum Ruins

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Overseas viagra It was magical to be standing right on the location where so many Roman history took place!

Overseas viagra By the time we were done with Colosseum and Roman forums, overseas viagra it was already too late to go to the Vatican (plus we were tired). Overseas viagra We tried to go to the catacombs instead, overseas viagra but it was off the map we had at that time and ended up getting lost instead :(. Overseas viagra So we made our way back to the subway and had a quick bite. Overseas viagra In Italy, overseas viagra they have this “happy hour” thing where booze comes with a buffet of food. Overseas viagra This is called Apperitivi and usually runs from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

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Overseas viagra The food that comes with my booze. Overseas viagra not bad. Overseas viagra I really liked the risotto looking thing.

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Overseas viagra Then we took the subway and visited Spanish steps. Overseas viagra We were too tired to walk up the stairs though!

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Overseas viagra After that, overseas viagra we tried to shop around the area but found that most shops in Italy close by 7:30pm!! how boring. Overseas viagra So we headed home instead after a little souvenir shopping

Day 7 – November 5, overseas viagra 2011

Overseas viagra Serena mentioned she wanted to see the head of Constantine at Musei Capitolini, overseas viagra so we tried taking the bus there. Overseas viagra Except… we didn’t know where to get off and overshot our stop. Overseas viagra Wasted 30 mins trying to retrace our steps back.

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Overseas viagra Also known as Colossus of Constantine, overseas viagra it was this huge statue carved out of white marble and was said to be 12m / 40ft high, overseas viagra likely to be made between 312-315AD.

Overseas viagra After that we finally made our way to Vatican. Overseas viagra Thanks to this helpful guide on Vatican city, overseas viagra we decided to show up around 1pm. Overseas viagra We didn’t know where to go or how to enter Vatican, overseas viagra so we just walked to what seems like a good place to go. Overseas viagra We ended up at St. Overseas viagra Peter Square.

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Overseas viagra There was a LONG line and we were getting worried. Overseas viagra We thought this was the line to get into Vatican, overseas viagra but this was actually the line to get into St Peter Basilica. Overseas viagra The line looks long but it was actually moving really fast so we decided to stay in line despite people trying to sell us “Skip the line” tour tickets.

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Overseas viagra Inside St Peter Basilica. Overseas viagra It spanned almost the entire block! Definitely the biggest church I’ve ever been in, overseas viagra with impressive decor to boot.

Overseas viagra After walking out of the basilica, overseas viagra we headed to the entrance of Vatican city. I’m glad we didn’t fall for the “skip the line” tour earlier, overseas viagra since there was practically no line to get into Vatican!

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Overseas viagra We weren’t very interested in much else, overseas viagra so we made a bee line for the Sistine chapel for Michaelangelo’s work on the ceiling. Overseas viagra Sistine chapel itself was a lot smaller than I anticipated though.

Overseas viagra We spent some time in Vatican buying souvenir and having lunch before heading out. Overseas viagra We basically had nothing more we wanted to see, overseas viagra so we spent the last night in Italy shopping around. Overseas viagra I got my new luggage for really cheap, overseas viagra €25, overseas viagra around Vatican. Overseas viagra It was of questionable quality but it lasted me through the last half of the entire europe trip and back to Singapore just fine, overseas viagra so I didn’t regret buying that!

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Overseas viagra Last dinner in Rome. Overseas viagra This was a Gnocchi if I’m not wrong.

Overseas viagra I think the last notable thing I want to mention from Italy is that they seem to be really fond of Asian girls – or maybe just girls in general? Serena and I kept feeling that we got preferential treatment and curious stares as we walk down the street. Overseas viagra Guys are also a lot more friendly and willing to chat with us, overseas viagra though I’m not sure if this is just their friendly culture (and not because we’re asian or girls). Overseas viagra They’re always very curious about where we came from!

Overseas viagra Next morning we’re off to Florence on italian train! :D

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