Monday, June 8, 2009

Rome 2009

This year's Waddell and Reed incentive trip was an Italian Riviera Cruse starting in Rome. I'll make several posts of our various stops and finish with some over all reflections. We took the trip with my secretary Janelle Wilcks and her husband Todd. Sara and Thea came with us as well. We toured for three days in Rome before joining up with the Waddell and Reed group on the Azamara Quest.

On arriving to Italy we checked into our rooms and set off to see the Pantheaon built over a thousand years ago by the Romans. The Dome is still standing and we could go inside. The dome is 142 feet high and exactly 142 feet accross. The next day we hooked up with our tour guide Claudio and went to see the Vactican. We toured the Vatican museum, saw the Sisteen chapel painted by Michael Angelo and we saw St. Peters Basillica, probably the biggest and grandest church ever built. Then it was on the the ancient Roman Collosium, and the Roman Forum. Imagine a modern stadium that could seat 50,000 all covered in Marble. The Popes took all the marble for their churches hundreds of years ago and some of the walls of the Collosium have colapsed but it is still a very impressive sight. We also saw the Burgese Galleries but no pictures were allowed inside.

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