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The Hills and Midnight in the Vatican

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Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini that has the remnants of colossal statue of Constantine that once stood in the Basilica of Maxentius in the Roman Forum. See pictures from the 23rd.
Christmas Eve saw us up and touring the rest of the Ancient Rome area. We first wandered over to Capitoline Hill on our way to Palantine Hill. While everybody was taking a bathroom break I went over to the Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini. I didnt realize this was the exit to the museum and after I saw the remnets of the Constantine statue that was once inside the Basilica of Maxentius we saw the previous day in the Roman Forum I snapped a picture and went to get everyone else so they could see. Unfortunetly this time a guard let us know this was the exit and that you couldnt go in the courtyard without first gonig through the museum.

Rome! So much to see so little time! We decided to skip the museum and head over to Palantine Hill which actually gave us some great views of The Roman Forum.
Palantine Hill
Palantine hill is pretty large so we spent a good deal of time wandering all over it. Tired as we were we then headed over to the Colosseum. The inside is even bigger than it looks from the outside.

Finally we made it home to relax before the evenings festivities. We had to get in line early for midnight mass at the vatican. Boy is it cold at night when you are just standing there and not moving! Thankfully we had Nintendo DS and some hot chocolate within a reasonable walking distance. The most surprising thing was all the people cutting in line! The tickets are free but they are limited as there is only so much space. I guess if we had gotten there earlier in the day we might have gotten up to the part of the line that was blocked off (and hence less likey to have people cutting).
The Pope! Go little zoom GO!
Still it was amazing the amounts of people cutting. We had some loud peopel from Chicago behind us who were yelling at all the people who were cutting. Normally I'd be embarrased at the Loud Americans Stereotype but it was working to get people who cut out of line and stop others.

Eventaully they started letting people in. We were kind of in the back but it wasnt a big deal as the Pope came up the isle anyway. The worst part of the night was forgetting my extra battery for my camera. Worse yet my two other friends DIDNT BRING THEIR CAMERAS! I'm not really religeous but come on!! You come all the way to Rome, stand outside the winter cold to go to a Christmas ceramony mostly in Latin just to not bother to bring a camera to take a picture of the Pope?!! I did get some shots of the Pope during the ceramony using my awesome 10x zoom but unfortunetly it died right before he came down the aile. I mean right before he got to like within 10 feet of us. I was so sad and pouty, especially by 2 am when the mass finally ended. The other thing that was disappointing was during the mass they had everything lit up real nice but when we came back a day or two later (this time armed with extra battery) the lights weren't on and it was so dark inside even during the day I could hardly get a good picture of anything!
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Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conse…
Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Cons…
Palantine Hill
Palantine Hill
The Pope! Go little zoom GO!
The Pope! Go little zoom GO!
Palazzo Senatorio
Palazzo Senatorio
Musei Capitolini
Musei Capitolini
View of the Roman Forum from Palan…
View of the Roman Forum from Pala…
At the entrance to Palantine Hill
At the entrance to Palantine Hill
Panorama of some of the ruins up o…
Panorama of some of the ruins up …
Palantine Hill
Palantine Hill
The Colosseum
The Colosseum
The Colosseum
The Colosseum
View of the Arch of Constantine fr…
View of the Arch of Constantine f…
St. Peters square
St. Peter's square
Inside the Vatican
Inside the Vatican
Inside the Vatican
Inside the Vatican
The Pope!
The Pope!
The Pope is about to walk by next.…
The Pope is about to walk by next…
Panorama of Ancient Rome with the …
Panorama of Ancient Rome with the…
Panorama of the Colosseum
Panorama of the Colosseum
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