Rome -Day 1
We checked into the hotel last night.... Spent the evening hanging in the lobby and then bed check at 11.
Another early wake up day - 7:00am. Off and running by 8:30. We arrived in Rome center and began our day with a whirlwind tour of the Vatican museums...We saw tapestries, sculptures, and wonderful archictecture all within the walls of the Vatican. After the museum we entered Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine chapel where we were all explained the history fothe paintings and the uses of the chapel now as a house of worship as well as the location of the Papal Conclave that takes place within 12 days of the death of the current pope, in order to elect a new Pope. After spending a while in the chapel we proceeded on to the most incredible church in all of Rome, St. Peter's Basilica where we saw the famous Baldacchino designed by Bernini, the may sculptures, Michaelangelo's incredible dome and his sculptural masterpiece, The Pieta. Once we left the Basilica we were able to see the famous Swedish guards in action escorting a special guest of the Pope through the crowd...very exciting then we entered the ever reconizable St. Peter's Square. After some lunch on our own around St. Peter's we hopped on the bus for a tour of the Coliseum and Roman Forum..... We were on awe of the incredible architecture and history of this historic area of Rome. After some free time in the area of the Roman "wedding cake". We boarded the bus once again for dinner. Saltimbocca and a tipical roman dish "cacio e pepe" (pasta with cheese and pepper).
Back to the hotel now.... for the evening and a day in Rome tomorrow.