Wednesday began with a city tour of Rome. The morning was a but hectic for me because we had planned to go to the Sistine Chapel after the tour and our guide didn’t let us know until right before we had to leave. We eventually got it together and headed out for the tour.
The biggest part of the tour was walking through the Roman Forum. It was just so crazy to think that the structures still standing were the center of Ancient Rome and had been around practically since the beginning of time. Casual.
Our tour ended at the Vatican which was pretty chaotic because the pope was addressing the people that day. From the outside, there were big screens so you could see and it was pretty awesome to watch.
After the tour ended, the group went to see the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum. Most of the halls going to the chapel were galleries and very gorgeous. The only part I didn’t really like was right before you get to the chapel, you are cramped with a ton of other people into a small hallway. The Sistine Chapel is stunning. I was amazed at how the artwork looks 3D and that it was hand painted from a couple feet away but looks perfect from the ground. Very beautiful and we couldn’t take any pictures.
Afterwards, we got as far away from the Vatican crowds as possible to grab some lunch. The hotel breakfast was not very good and at this point, it was past 2pm. We took the metro a couple stops and ended up at a small pizzeria. I really wanted a fancy pizza, and that’s what I got! Very good.
Next we stopped by the Pantheon on the way back to our hotel. I’m not too sharp on my history of Ancient Rome, so I didn’t really know the significance, but it was still cool. And of course we had to get some gelato on the way.
After a quick break at the hotel, we met the whole group for dinner. For the nine people not going on the Greek extension, this was their last night as well as our bus driver Enzo so we all were going to eat together. We had a four course dinner which was pretty good. Probably the most entertaining part of the meal was a man who walked around and played the guitar while we ate. Our table was very enthusiastic about singing along and Meredith R even got a very special song. That’s amore! One of the waiters, a very cute old man, also fed Meredith her last bit of fruit which was pretty funny.
After dinner, we all went to a “bar” across the street from the hotel which sold gelato and alcohol. We all sat outside and hung out, as well as sang a moving rendition of Hark the Sound (of course). I of course cried because I’m not too fond of goodbyes (see me at graduation) but it was a fun night!