Here Is St. Peter’s Instead of a Truck Stop


First off, my apologies to REM for the title… Scavi (Excavations) Tour We actually went underneath St. Peter’s Basilica before we went inside it!  The Vatican offers a tour of the necropolis underneath the basilica, where St. Peter’s tomb is located.  Archaeological excavations during the last century uncovered a rather extensive group of graves dating…

The Vatican Museums


The Vatican’s art collection vast, to put it mildly, and definitely something not to be missed even if you don’t have time to soak in every piece.  From sculptures to paintings…from unknown artists to masters such as da Vanci, Raphael, and Titian…it’s a feast for the eyes and a bit overwhelming at first.  The big…

Wandering the Roman Forum


The 1st century AD Arch of Titus looms large upon entering the Roman Forum.  One of many such honorary or triumphal arches in Rome (and elsewhere in Europe for that matter), it was constructed as an homage to Emperor Titus by his brother, Emperor Domitian.  Titus earned fame within the Roman Empire for leading many…

Walking Around Rome


Whenever possible we like to walk around a bit the first evening after arriving in our destination.  It helps to get some exercise before bedtime and adjust to the jet lag.  Besides, evening is an interesting time of day to observe the local happenings – people are getting off work, going out to eat, doing…