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Monday, September 2, 2013

On Our Last Day In Rome

We dedicated our last day in Rome to the Vatican (oh and wine.. and food.. and people watching). We woke up early(ish) and made sure to ask our hotel front desk attendant exactly how to take public transportation to Vatican City becausssee like I have said way too many times, public transportation in Rome is a bit of a hot mess.
Anyway, we arrived at The Vatican in the midst of a sauna and shook our heads as we passed through the gazillions of people who had not made reservations online and were sweating through their clothing. Silly, tourists we thought. Until we made it into the Vatican Museum and realized that it was not air conditioned. Siggghh, oh Italia. Sometimes you've just gotta shake your head and laugh, because.. that's Italy and it was a 100+ degree day with crazy humidity.
Anyway, we ran to every single teensy half working standing air conditioner unit we could find wandered around the museum and stared at lots of (stolen art, hey it's the truth) art and finally made our way to the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel was unlike anything we had ever seen. There's something about walking into a room that is covered by Michelangelo's paintings that just makes you feel so little, yet overwhelmingly inspired. Oh, and the Sistine Chapel? It's air conditioned. ;)
I did take photos in the Sistine Chapel, because I was informed repeatedly that I was seriously not allowed to do so. I decided not to post them though because they didn't turn out to well. Hope yours turn out better. #ILikeBeingSneaky =P
**Insider Tip** If you manage to sneak out of the Sistine Chapel with a tour group through the Tour Group exit, instead of the regular exit, you get to take a shortcut straight into St. Peter's Basilica. This little short cut will allow you to avoid a 30 minute walk. Make it happen =P **

The Swiss Guards

St. Peter's Basilica is so beautiful, and it's most definitely air conditioned. Naturally, that helped me appreciate it a whole lot more.

Making sure to cover up =P
Michelangelo's Pieta

On our last night in Rome, we sat on the stairs of the Trevi Fountain, and shared a bottle of wine. We people watched, enjoyed our buzz, and giggled at silly tourists until the middle of the night they kicked us out. I'll remember it as the most special time we spent in Roma.

Next on our agenda? Leaving the big city and really starting to fall in love with Italy


Malin Madestam said...

SWISS guards, not Swedish. :)

Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados and the Bay said...

Oh man, so embarrassing! =P Thanks Malin, I am fixing that right now.

I appreciate the feedback.

Hope you have a great day. :)

Rachel Murphree said...

Great tips! I have never been to Italy, but I plan to soon and so I will have to remember these! By the way, that last picture of you two is really sweet!

BKCsquared said...

AMAZING! So jealous. I went to Rome back in high school, and I can't wait to go back. B studied abroad in Milan, so I was able to visit her there, but there is no comparison to Roma. Thanks for taking me back and allowing me to re-live my Italian memories :)

xo, K


gina said...

we did all this too! except we drank beer at the trevi fountain. I would love to be back there right now :).

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Wow such gorgeous pics!!!

Simply Evani said...

Oh my, it sounds so romantic!! I love how much it sounds like you two enjoyed this trip.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Love the Rome photos!


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