May 12 - Our first full day in Roma!
We set out that morning to walk to Vatican City with the plan being to do St. Peters and the Vatican Museum. Little did we know that we did not have a map that showed ALL of the streets so the way to get into Vatican City was not accurately reflected on the map. After realizing we were not getting to where we thought on the map, a very nice woman escorted us in the right direction who spoke very good English.... so we had a loooong walk prior to our arrival at Vatican City. That just meant more gelato could be eaten later :)
We waited in line for maybe 20 minutes before entering St. Peters.
It was larger than you imagine and beautiful. We all listened to Rick Steves free audio guide while walking around.
|Holy door - opened only every 25 years, last time was 2000.|
|Mary with Jesus behind glass because this has been vandalized before|
We walked down to the tombs underneath the church as well but no pictures were allowed there and then we headed back outside.
After St. Peters we decided we would go back to the apt for lunch due to our later arrival and then come back in the afternoon for more sightseeing. Since we purchased the Roma Pass which included entry to a couple of sights (Colosseum, Forum) and all bus and subway transportation for 3 days, we took a bus from the Vatican City area back to Trastevere area. We had leftover pizza in the apt for lunch.
After lunch we took a bus back up to the Vatican City area. Thank goodness for the public transportation as Rome wasn't as easy to walk to all the sights and honestly our feet were pretty tired at this point in our Italy journey.
Once we figured out how to get to the entrance for the Vatican Museum (it is not as well marked as one would think), we toured the Vatican Museum while listening to Rick Steves audio tour.
It was huge and you could probably spend forever in there but we just wanted to walk through and see the main things without lingering.
|Keith must be on Team Edward|
|I know this is really dark but I like how it shows all the walking.. someone forgot to adjust the aperture|
Of course the Sistine Chapel was amazing and it was the last part of our tour... it seemed to take forever to get there too.
After the Vatican Museum we decided "Hey, we haven't walked enough today so we should climb to the top of St. Peters, right?" Well I'm sure we were really thinking "Let's go see the amazing view and take some pictures" and not about all the stairs until we started climbing. At least climbing the Cupola was less stairs that the Duomo in Florence and we were REALLY working up lots of room for gelato.
And of course the views were spectacular.
Despite our very worn out uffizi's (this became a popular term on our trip thanks to Rick Steves), we walked over to Navona Square area for dinner.
When I went to snap the picture of the Navona fountain above, everyone else couldn't move another inch so I captured this candid of exactly how the walking had taken a toll... brutal.
We ate dinner at Ciccia Bomba.
It is amusing that in Italy ordering wine at dinner is cheaper than ordering water or soda. Italy has very good quality house wine.
I had rigatoni with eggplant which was wonderful and good sized portion with the appetizer of bruschetta Eric and I had. Everyone else has various pasta dishes too.
On our way to find the bus stop we passed a wedding dress shop... too bad it wasn't open because that would have been fun to look around. I wonder how expensive wedding dresses in Italy are compared to the US.
Then we took a bus back to the Trastevere neighborhood and grabbed some gelato at Gelateria alla Scala on our walk back to the apartment. Eric and I tried peanut butter and yogurt. We were exhausted from our jam packed day of exploring Roma!