Pope Time

Saturday, June 12, 2010

We woke up early to catch the Metro out to Vatican City.  Although we wanted to see the Sistine Chapel we decided that we would save our 13 Euro and just view the Basilica instead.  It was massive and beautiful and we spent quite a while wandering around.  I went in expecting it to just be a large and fancy church however there were nooks and crannies and small chapels scattered about the building.  We used this opportunity to mail our postcards.  I don't know if there is any way to impress the grandparents more than sending a postcard from the Vatican.

Instead of taking the metro back to the hostel we decided to walk back to see everything between the two areas.  We stopped at Castel Sant Angelo, crossed the Tiber River, walked through Piazza Navona, and visited the Pantheon.  The Pantheon was originally a temple devoted to the Gods but since the 7th century it has been a Catholic Church.  The ceiling of the Pantheon has a massive hole in it and it is apparently the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.

From there we visit Area Sacra which is an area that contains four temples that were all built between the 2nd and 4th centuries and was undiscovered until the 1920s.  It was in this area that Julius Ceasar was believed to be killed.  From there we saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier/ Monument to Vitorio Emmanuel II and then Colonna Traiana and Mercenti Trainei.  Its amazing how happy just walking around ruins makes me feel.   It's pretty easy to please me.

Area Sacra

Because we are just three girls we had decided to try to be in before dark each night however the US was playing against England in the world cup so we decided to use this night to venture out to a bar.  Luckily our hostel had an event going on at a bar so we were able to go there with a general sense of security.  We met some highly entertaining men that wanted to pretend Alanna was Brazilian and also tried to argue that Lady GaGa was from Finland.   Needless to say it was a fun night and some much needed relaxing after so many days of running non stop.

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