When in Rome....eat as much gelato as possible. Besides the ice cream Rome was just as idyllic as I had imagined it to be. Roman ruins scattered across the city, cafes lining the streets, the distinctly Italian foliage; it was beautiful. The first day we got there we met up with my friend Jackson (who you may remember visited me in Vienna), and he showed us around his neighborhood which included the pantheon.
Afterward we jumped in the already long line to see the Sistine Chapel. The line took an hour and a half but was well worth it - in order to get to the chapel you are able to walk through a bunch of other galleries and exhibits which really build up to seeing the Sistine Chapel. After leaving the Vatican Karina and I trekked across town to the Colosseum. I actually thought the Colosseum would be bigger than it actually was but seeing it in person was really exciting. I can't even imagine what it was like back in its glory days!