Hotel Relais Dei Papi
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... s family members were buried) with dirt, thus keeping the families of the dead happy.
I want to write about everything and give all the information that we received on the tour but I know I wouldn't do it justice and would probably end up making no sense. I will try to hit the highlights as best I can though! The area where Constantine covered with dirt was only recently (1939) excavated which I found to be amazing. It was all done by hand ...
... just incredible. There was a lovely rooftop open air restaurant where we stopped for lunch. There seems to be a theme here because once again we were told Pizza - finito! Lots and lots of pictures are included from the Castel. This was also the place that played a major part in the book/movie 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown.
After a long walk back to the hotel, including getting lost once again, we showered and went down to the lobby to ...
... was about 3 stories up, as we were on our way a service inside of the church was just ending, and the father came walking towards us. I was smiling stupidly thinking he wanted a donation. I started rummaging through my purse and looked up to see him pointing at Sydney and making some really strange hand motions at his chest, and the motion to shew us out. He apparantly didn't like Sydney's shorts-and-a-tanktop outfit and kicked us out!!!! We laughed about ...
... Chapel when a new Pope is appointed, the balcony where he appears once appointed, the window where he appears once a week to bless the masses when in residence, the platform where mass is said each Wednesday and Sunday. An enormous area - puts in perspective the scenes that you see of masses of people gathered in the square. Left the area for lunch and souvenirs for those who wanted them - we bought Vatican Stamps to post cards to our church families ...
... people dsiplay when they reach thetop to see the holy Sanctorum is in itself an experience. Probably one can equate this to the emotions that we feel when we visit Badrinath, Kedarnath or Kashinath !!
Once the visit to the holy churches was done, we went back near the Colosseum to visit the old archaeological site of the Roman empire. This place is known as Roman Forum. It was supposedly the political, economic and religious centre of ancient Rome. The ...