Day 2 in Rome
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Well we had to get up pretty early so we could leave the hotel by 7:20am. Today we were headed to the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chaple.
First a word of warning. Do not try to get into the Vatican Museum with out some sort of a guide/tour. You could be waiting all day and still never get in. There are two lines. The one to the right of the door is for guided tours (which we were in) the one to the left of the door are for those with out a guided tour. Well when we first arrived both lines were already so long it was unbelievable. We kept walking and walking and walking until we finally found the end of the line. At 8am the doors open. However all tours are allowed in first. So our line actually went pretty quickly once the doors opened.
But we got in and the tour guide went and purchased tickets for all of us. The statues you see are amazing. You almost have to remind yourself that these are the real thing they are not replicas and how old they actually are. There is one room that is just lined top to bottom with the many findings. We were able to view Michelangelo's Last Judgment and the Genesis. It's amazing that people had such talent, but not only that but they were able to make such great peices that long ago with little tools like we have now.
We were able to go through the Tapestry Gallery and see the handmade tapestries they were huge. They went from floor to ceiling. And to know all of it was done by hand. We soon came to the Sistine Chaple. There is no talking no picture taking no video no food pretty much nothing. When you walk in there are guards that stand in the front and continually yell SHHHHHHH and then sometimes will yell no talking in many languages. Prior to entering the Chapel our tour guide showed us the different things to look for and the meaning in everything since she wouldn't be able to show us once we entered. There are a few different spots where they have boards posted with a miniture picture of the paintings that the tour guides can point at and give you more of the history of it which was quite nice.
They have seats along the wall that you can sit at (if you are lucky enough to find an open spot) and just take it all in. There are a ton of people in there at one time.
We then exited the Chapel and went through the area that once was the Vatican Library. Their shelves that hold the books are nothing like my local library! They were beautiful and so intricate with art details. We were also able to see some of the past tools and bricks used to seal up the door that is only open every 25 years. That was interesting to see.
From start to finish I think it was amazing to see. You always had something to look at from top to bottom. The paintings on the ceiling the hand made pictures into the floor.
So I highly recommend going at least once. But be sure to book some sort of a tour to go with or you may never get in!
After we left the group was to go back to the hotel. But us girls didn't want to waste an entire day sitting at the hotel. It was only around 11:30am. We had a dinner at night around 5 so we had a few hours to kill. We decided we would walk around Rome a bit and try finding our way back to the hotel. Well we all know how well I did trying to find Lake Como!!! I ended up in Switzerland haha. I actually did much better in Rome.
We took a bus to "The fountain of four rivers" however it was all boarded up and you couldn't see it because they were doing construction on it.
We tried going into some of the museums however it was a Monday and most touristy places are closed on Mondays which kind of stunk. So we just wondered just to see what was out there. Soon we had to head back so we would have a little time before we left for dinner. We had to take two buses to get back and I got us back with no problems! And the other girls were quite shocked because they had no clue where to get off at when we reached our hotel.
So we went and freshened up for dinner then met back up with the tour for our last dinner together. We first drove through Alban Hills to the Pope's summer home where he had delivered the Sunday Sermon, Castel Gandolfo. Some say that they saw the Pope while we were there. I am not sure. A black car arrived and pulled into his summer home. Some guys got out and then another person whom they were blocking got out along with some clergy. From my angle I was not able to see the person they were blocking at all. However others claim they were able to see him and that it was indeed the Pope.
Dinner was ok. Our group was much smaller now. There were two optional tour extensions for additional days (which my friend and I didn't know about until the day before so we never had the option to stay longer with the extra extension).
After eating we left and went back to the hotel. Since this was the last night the four of us girls were together and the tour was now over we decided we were going to go to a local bar and have some drinks. Well our tour director and bus driver decided they would join us. Well what was to be a drink or two and maybe an hour or so turned in to many many many bottels of wine and champaign. And many many hours later!
We had a great night though.
It was kind of funny we were in this Italian bar/restaurant but the music that was playing was old Jazz. Much of it that originated from Chicago where I am from. The walls had pictures hanging of the many celebraties that had eaten in the restaurant through the years as well. It was a neat place.
And boy did we. I think we finally headed to bed about 3-4am. It was a very very long day. But one of the most memorable.