Any tour of Italy would be incomplete without substantial visits to church and museums, featured in the photographs below. Compared to Florence, I found Rome to be a larger, more tropical, and somewhat more modern city. Both, however, are steeped in rich history, as well as sumptuous Italian cuisine.
The Colosseum can get quite crowded, but its an impressive site to behold. Unbeknownst to many, there was a intricate network of tunnels underneath the arena of the amphitheater known as the hypogeum (first photo, bottom center & second photo, bottom left). This network was conducive to everything from providing a private entrance for the emperor, a inlet for performers, and cages for the beasts and gladiators before the fight.