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Voltera, Pisa, Rome
After breakfast (included) we departed to Volterra, a fascinating Tuscan city renowned for its alabaster ( the translucent stone used in vases, lamps and other works of art. It was freezing when we arrived early in the morning but soon warmed up. We visited the ruins of a Roman theatre and visited a shop ...
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... were allowed. I took a few. After this we checked out the St Peters Church. This place was bloody amazing. I've never seen such an epic building in my whole life. Just huge and beautiful with killer statues and artwork throughout. Just have to see it to appreciate it. We checked out St. Peter's Square after this and got some nice selfies hah. A nice little feed and headed back to the hotel for a siesta! We headed out looking for a nice meal and came across ...
... through the narrow doorway while throngs of people are pushing forward to get through the same doorway. Does the word "sardine" come to mind?!
Moving out of the Sistine Chapel, we were on our way to St Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's is open to everyone and you can imagine the numbers of people who are lining up to enter the Basilica! Michaela takes our group out to the rotunda in front of St Peter's to share some key details about the Basilica before ...
... a smaller church where St Ignatius prayed in front of a painting of the Virgin Mary (the painting is still here). The kids also saw a familiar site - the arm of St Francis Xavier, which (as part of the Holy Year of Grace) visited the school last year and grossed the kids out! Still did it, this time!!
We then walked along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, past the Largo di Torre Argentina - a square that has four Roman temples from the 4th to 1st centuries BC, ...