When In Rome...
Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
14Trip End Apr 28, 2008
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I had class until 12:30, so after that we all met up at the train station, and had some lunch while we waited for our train at 3:15. We decided to take the slow, regional train because it was only 15 Euros each way as opposed to the fast train that would have been 38 Euros each way. The train ride took about 4 hours, but we were patient and didn't mind all the stops it made because we were able to see the countryside and all the smaller towns along the way.
Friday night, we checked into our hostel which was only about a 5-10 min. walk from the train station. We booked a 3 person room, so it was nice to have the room to ourselves and do what we wanted! We went out for dinner at a place the receptionist people recommended. It was very authentic Italian food, and the people who owned and operated it where all family. There was an old man who would serve the food, and the older woman would cook it. I'm guessing it was their son who was the waiter to take orders. The food was really good and we had a good time there.
We decided to get up fairly early Saturday morning and start our long day of sight seeing! We took the underground metro to the Colosseum and were there by 8:30.
After that, we went across the street to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Next, we walked over to the Pantheon.
We walked over to the Trevi Fountain.
The Spanish Steps were our next stop. It was really warm out that day...sunny and about 70...so we were starting to crave some gelato! We got our gelato and went over to the Spanish Steps to just sit in the sun and relax a little bit.
Finally, around 3 that afternoon we started to walk towards Vatican City. We had to cross the Tiber River and along the way we saw the Sant'Angelo Castle.
St. Peter's was amazing. My jaw literally dropped when I went inside. It was huge, there was sparkling gold everywhere, and it was just very interesting.
The sun was starting to set, and we decided it was time for dinner. We wondered around the streets outside of Vatican City, and eventually decided to eat at a Chinese restaurant. We are all a little tired of the pasta, bread, and pizza type dishes at the Italian restaurants, so we decided to get something else! It was good to get some other flavors for once!
After dinner, we went took the underground metro back towards the Trevi Fountain so we could see it all lit up at night. We walked around for awhile to get there and then just hung out there again. People were still having a great time.
We went back to our room around 9 and totally crashed. After about 12 hours of walking around and sight seeing in the sun, we were ready to just take it easy and go to bed.
Sunday we decided to get up even earlier because we planned to go back to Vatican City so that we could go to the Vatican Museum. On Sundays the entrance fee if free, so we had to get in line really early so that we wouldn't have to wait in line long. We got there around 7:40 and had to wait until it opened at 8:30 and then had to wait for only another 40 minutes to get in.
Inside the Vatican Museum there is a ton of artwork and artifacts. I didn't realize how big of a place it was and it was really interesting inside. They had an Egyptian room, and my favorite part about that was getting to see a mummy all wrapped up except for their feet, hands, and part of their head was unwrapped.
After going through the museum, we walked outside to go back around to the Vatican City square. We had to walk past the time to get into the museum, and it was at least a mile long, if not more. We got to the square around 11:30 and found a good spot to sit and wait until Noon because that was when the Pope was going to be making his blessing to the crowd.
There were so many people gathered around to see Pope Benedetto XVI. Groups of people had huge flags, and some were even making their own parade with costumes, banners, instruments, and everything!
Our legs were killing us from all of the walking the last couple of days, so sitting down for lunch and getting some water was really nice. We finally went and got our bags and hopped onto the train home. The ride home felt so much longer because we didn't want to leave Rome. I couldn't believe what a great city Rome is. There wasn't one thing that I didn't like about it, and I can't wait to go back now. I didn't get to see everything there is to see, obviously, but we did get to see a lot of the major and important places that Rome has to offer! The trip was so successful and was by far my favorite weekend trip so far! I still can't stop smiling thinking about what a great time it was and how amazing Rome is!
I have some quizzes this week in class, and have more student council meetings to keep my busy. Thursday night we are leaving for Prague, so I'll have to rest up and get ready for what I'm sure will be another great weekend trip!