Rome Day 3

Some photos to come…I’ll apologize in advance for the cell phone quality pics that’ll be uploaded asap…

Vatican day! We accidentally woke up a bit late. We’d meant to get up early and make it to the Vatican well before nine as to beat the ridiculous lines we’d been warned about. Then a ‘well timed’ metro strike tripped us up even further. Thankfully the busses were still running so we spent two hours extra in transit on our way there…

But I guess the Roman gods decided we’d been through enough strife for one day, because the line (a notoriously long, hot and tedious waiting game) was only ~20 minutes long, and the wind kept things nice and cool! (When Gaby and Marianne went to the Vatican in August three years ago they stood in line for a solid three hours…)

We even got to climb up to the first interior dome to get a closer look at the mosaics and look down on the main part of the Basilica. After that we climbed further up to stand on top of the highest exterior dome – some 551 steps up. A feat we wouldn’t’ve been able to accomplish had we had to stand in the hot sun for three hours.

Then we headed over to the Sistine Chapel. We took the long route through the museum and saw some pretty cool stuff. There are no photos allowed in the Sistine chapel, and that seemed to be a rule everyone visiting followed. I felt so bad for the guards though – absolutely nobody was following the “stay silent” request…

The ceiling though is amazing. It looks 3D, and there are some panels that the shading on the robes is done in gold – it’s incredible. It’s also pretty fun to spot panels that have become iconic, and even better to find panels you know the full story behind. We also wondered what Michelangelo must have felt when he walked in for the first time and saw all the blank space he’d been commissioned to fill…

If it weren’t for the sore neck I think we could’ve stayed there all day.

Once we left we headed back towards the Colloseum to meet Anna, another friend of Gaby’s. She took us to a pizza placedinner a few blocks away and then we trekked across town to find tiramisu. We’ll definitely be back to the pizza place at least once more before we leave.

2 thoughts on “Rome Day 3

  1. Sounds like you are seeing lots of amazing things in Rome. Looking forward to seeing the photos. CJB

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