Alex Britti's signed guitar!
Rome...not as exciting as I had expected. But I hear with Rome you either love it or you hate it...and I was not a lover of Rome. It was alright, but not my favorite. I won't set out again to try and visit, but if I happen to be passing through, that's fine. It was pretty neat to see the Trevi fountain and the Colesseum and some of the other Roman ruins, like the Pantheon. After that, it seemed like there wasn't much to see. I did go to the Vatican, which was great, and San Pietro en Vencoli (St. Peter in chains) which was cool to see the chains that held St. Peter. I wish I could have gone to see the catacombs. The Basilica of St. Peter was HUGE! I really liked how it was so decorative. It was also amazing to see the tomb of St. Peter, right there! As well as John Paul II.
The police, they were everywhere!
The pieta was hard to see because you couldn't get close to it. I did get to see the Sistine Chapel, which was amazing and awe inspiring. The Vatican museum in general was great. I was really drawn to Raphael's School of Athens painting in the Borgia apartments. I reccomend reading The Borgia Bride by Jeane Kalogridis before going to Naples/seeing the Borgia apartments, it will give you a whole new meaningful experience. I also enjoyed visiting the Hard Rock Cafe in Rome. We got to see Alex Britti perform there! It was amazing, he's this really big Italian pop artist. The cool part was we got to see him sing, take pictures with him, get his autograph and he ate after he sang so we were sitting around with him after the show too! There was a lot of drama in the last couple days we were there however. I barely missed seeing the Pope at mass, but I got to meet a cardinal! Then when we were taking the subway to the train station, there was a man who comitted suidice a few tracks down so our trains were slowed down. Amy got pickpocketed on the subway, and we lost a couple people from our group who missed the train! It all ended up working out okay in the end though.