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We got a tourist map of Rome from our convent when we checked in. On this day we decided to walk to as many places on the map as possible. This was probably not that great of an idea. The cobblestones, while beautiful were definitely partly responsible for the foot ache I had for the rest of my days in Rome.
Because we had gotten in late the previous day we hadn’t gotten the chance to see St. Peters basilica. We wanted to take our chances and try it at 7 o’clock I n the morning when we woke up. Because it was a Sunday we thought it would be closed, but surprise surprise! It wasn’t. The basilica had just opened so there was no line to get in.
We spent an hour in the basilica and then went to the cupola. We were the first people in line but the guards opened it up right when we got there. It was 5 Euros to walk up, the elevator is not worth it. The only thing you save yourself is the steps that are easy to climb up. The elevator stops just before the final climb to the top.
After a descent and another hour admiring the cupola, we got in the short line to the catacombs. It took them a while to open the doors. Meanwhile the line grew longer and the people impatient. Eventually everybody started pushing forward and trying to cut in line, rude people. When they opened the doors everybody rushed inside and past everything.
We walked back into the square and pulled out our maps to see what the closest sight was. To castel Sant Angelo! A short 5-minute walk brought us to the old Roman mausoleum converted to medieval stronghold. My entrance was free since I was an under 18-year-old EU citizen, hooray for going just before my 18th birthday! The entrance was an old roman stair to a mausoleum.
Other than this it was really nice to see the view from the top of the castle, with the morning fog a bit lifted we could see all the cupolas of Rome dotting the skyline. Walking amongst such old stones is always curious.
We exited and walked along the pont Sant Angelo that is pedestrian only.
After we had eaten a rather satiating but expensive meal my mother offered her card and was told that the machine had just broken down. No, it’s that they will say anything for you to chose their business. Keep that in mind.
We set off for an excruciating walk that would begin with Piazza Navona, unfortunately the central column was under construction but the Piazza was pretty and full of people.
As we walked to the Piazza del Popolo we stopped at a museum the villa Medici. The entrance was a bit pricey but the exhibit was wonderful. It was concerning the environmental footprint and had all sorts of strange statues made of natural and man-made materials.
After out much deserved rest we walked down the steps to the Piazza del Popolo. The square was so grand and the hieroglyphed column was the first I saw, due to all of the repairs happening at once.
A day well spent. We saw most of the major sights in Rome. We walked back to the pantheon where people were sitting in the center of the square just chilling. We sat with them for a while and then decided to enjoy a fancy dinner to celebrate out efforts.And how fancy was it. Mmmm a nice menu with wine and dessert to top. We sat outside with the electric heater as the night settled in over the dome of the pantheon.