Roaming in Roma
For my birthday this year I was lucky enough to spend three days in beautiful Rome!
With my own personal tour guide (perks of having an archaeologist heritage consultant boyfriend), we immersed ourselves in the history of the eternal city!
Apart from drinking Prosecco and eating pizza at every opportunity, (when in Rome and all that!), we managed to see the Pope, who was doing a service in St Peter’s Basilica and we also caught the Roma marathon!
I found the Swiss Guards particularly interesting, due to their renaissance appearance and the very strict entry and working requirements:
"The Swiss Guard, the world’s smallest army, was formed in 1506 by Pope Julius II. The 130 members of the Swiss Guard are required to be Catholic, unmarried Swiss citizens who have completed Swiss military service. They need to be at least 5ft 8in tall and between the ages of 19 and 30. The tiny force is responsible for the Pope’s safety, and are expected to lay down their lives in defence of the Pope and are supposed to be of impeccable moral and religious character."
From experience (eeek!), if you make the mistake of trying to get a photograph next to a guard, you may get a stern telling off. Fundamentally they’re around not to entertain but to defend, and that’s not a role to be taken lightly. Lesson learnt!
So with all of the above and so much more…Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, The Colosseum The Roman Forum and various beautiful churches, it's definitely one of my favourite places I’ve visited so far. Bellisimo!