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... of the dome down over the altar of the church. Quite spectacular!!
Oh there was one other quite interesting story that the guide told us. Apparently a long time ago the Pope at the time had a wife and family living at the Vatican with him and also had a number of different mistresses who stayed with him in another bedroom - this came as a bit of a surprise to us as we assumed all popes never had families or wives. Apparently the next pope refused to sleep in the ...
We got up early for an amazing day…an audience with the
Pope. We arrived at St. Peter’s Square
between 7:30 – 8:00. Rome is in the
middle of a heat wave right now and it was hot and humid. Luckily we got there early enough (thanks to
the advice of the priest staying in the convent as well – he was here to
celebrate 50 years of priesthood) to get close to a barricade. His advice was to ...
... lots of interesting little places. We checked out three fun spots before calling it a night.
I woke up just in time to frantically get up and ready for my Vatican tour. After that lengthy affair (described in a separate blog post), I needed a small rest back at the hostel. In the evening, I explored the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and their surrounding streets.
I settled in for ...
... 9am and bypassed the line to get in (already fairly long) and were able to walk right in. Peety had to stand in a line for a minute to buy our audioguides, but it was no big deal. Peety was very excited to be in (he's a huge Roman History buff). We found that the audioguide was not set up well. There was a map telling you where to go in general, but it wouldn't tell you where to actually stop, so you were ...
... that can be climbed to the top (but it is not open to tourists). Trajan's Market -- an extension of the Forum -- is extensively ruined and (unless you have tons of spare time) can be bypassed as you make your way toward:
6) The Pantheon: I think this is Rome's greatest surviving ancient structure and one of the most unique old buildings in the ...