As a preface to the rest of the posts in Italy, it seemed that we didn't do as much there as everywhere else but we did get what we wanted done. That make sense? The posts may be shorter but the days weren’t. Dinner starts around 22:00 and no shops open until 10:00. Our days were lazy and enjoyable and the weather was pleasant. I had expected Italy to be like Florida with mountains but I was pleasantly suprised. It was hot but not humid and you could stand outside without breaking a sweat. The evenings were crisp but not cold...
Can you tell I miss it?
Anyway, our first day in Roma we decided to conquer the Vatican, in a peaceful and scholarly way of course.
As before, we're sharing highlights! I want to apologize because I don't have many pictures to share. We did make it into the Sistine chapel, which is magnificent but didn't allow pictures. Seeing that room is one of my trip highlights. I lack the words to describe how much I enjoyed standing underneath that masterpiece. Highly recommended.
Watch out for Peacock Attacks!
Puppies like kisses on the face! They also like belly rubs but museum attendants frown upon touching.
We then made our way over to the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, as it is officially known. We must have been very very lucky because we waited no more than 10 minutes for admittance. I do want mention though that while we were waiting to get in one of the most well known churches in the world, we were cut in line multiple times. One group of people even had the nerve to cut the priest a few groups ahead of us. I guess we were forced to practice forgiveness.
Our next stop was the Pantheon, one of the best preserved Roman buildings. I feel very repetitive but it is an amazing feeling to stand inside something with so much history. Unreal and humbling.
Fountain outside the Pantheon
We had dinner at a cafe that faced the back of the Pantheon. We didn't have to leave the monument in order to feed our hungry bellies.
Appetizer of bread covered in cheese covered in pureed artichokes. I can't remember its name but it was delicious!
Great but not as good as the first pizza. Just sayin.
We had to finish dinner with authentic Italian Gelato. This was my first experience with the stuff and not the last. After this we had a rule of two Gelato a day minimum.
Pistachio and Dark Chocolate topped with homemade whipped cream. Yummmm.
Vanilla and Strawberry
Next up - The Coliseum! Woot!
Travis and Lisa