Parts of Italy
Vatican City Travel Blog› entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
It was an ambitious trip - 7 countries in 14 days - but someone had to do it. I teach and have summers off but my best friend has a normal job and only gets 2 weeks vacation a year so we decided to see what we could see in two weeks time and man did we see a lot.
The Italian portion of our trip was toward the end of our journey. By this point we had spent just as much time on a train as we had in our previous locations and the time on the trains was the only time we really slept; except for the few nights we spent in hostels. With such a short time limit it was imperative we wake early and get to bed as late as possible, after all the good nightlife had died down of course.
I had been to Venice before but it was midday.
Rome was quite different than Venice, obviously, and the weather was jsut as different as the views. Venice, with its cool breezes had nothing on the heat of Rome. No sooner did we step off the train did we rush to the nearest air conditioned cafe to cool down. We stocked up on water bottles and headed on foot around the town exploring the colossium and the ruins which towered over our short statures quite easily.
There's not much I can say about the Vatican that hasn't probably already been said a million times before so all I will say is - wow. There truly is nothing like the energy that surrounds the interior structure of the Vatican. Outside it feels like any other building that people travel from all over the world to see, but once you enter and push your way through the crowds of people, shoulders covered of course, it truly is remarkable. I am not a deeply religious person and the Vatican even stole my breath away. The architecture and artistry that went into sucha structure was astonishing.
If ever I were to return to Italy, and I will some day, I would love to spend more time learning about each of these places and seeing each in a whole new light.