i'm back with rome photos from the second leg of our trip. our hotel was right at the top of the spanish steps, so we had a great location to stroll and shop and people watch. we did a full day tour to see the vatican and st. peter's basilica, the colosseum, pantheon, forum, and trevi fountain. the next day we had tickets to see the pope, and he ended up quite close to us. he is a true "people's pope", and an awesome experience for us. we had some amazing meals… i cannot say enough about katie parla's recommendations. next time, we will definitely be doing one of her tours!