Sunday, August 30, 2009

Italy Day 3: Rome

We woke up today and headed for Vatican City. We debated long and hard about whether to book a tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, or use our audioguides. Buying the tour (60 euro) meant skipping the long lines people warn you about. And remeber it is super hot outside. But we decided to take our chances. After taxiing to the Vatican, we walked right line at all!

We started at the Vatican Museum. We traveled through room upon room of amazing sculptures, tapestries, frescos and mosaics. The art is amazing, but the building may be even more amazing. It is a piece of art in itself. The ceilings are just as impressive as any of the pieces lining the halls.

The most famous attractions in the Vatican Museum are the Rafael's Stanze della Segnatura and Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Many say that Sistine Chapel is the greatest work of art done by any one man. It did not disappoint, as Stephanie and I look at the ceiling for about a half hour.

After leaving the Vatican Museum, we headed to St. Peter's Basilica. We entered through St. Peter's Square. The sheer size of the square and the church itself is stunning. St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world, and contains the tomb of St. Peter himself, along with numerous popes. Words cannot describe the church itself. It is something I hope everyone has a chance to see for themselves at some point.

After a day of sightseeing at the Vatican, we headed over to Travestere for a late dinner. It is a popular spot for dining among locals. We headed down cobblestone streets and alleys in search of a small family restaurant we were recommended. We found it and had a great true, long Italian dinner. It was fantastic.

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