The Vatican

Trip Start Dec 19, 2007
Trip End Apr 16, 2008

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Day 3 in Rome was spent at the Vatican. We first went to St Petes Basilica but ended up below in the crypt. We saw the tombs of the past popes. We found our way up into the behemouth basilica and spent a good hour marvelong at the sculptures, paintings and other tributes to past popes. We ate lunch in St Petes square and then headed for the vatican museums. The vatican has a complex of museums including egyptian, roman, greek, sculptures... Way too many for us. Again it becam overwhelming and the sculptures started to fade together. They were amazing, it's just when there is a neverending corridor of marble sculptures that leads to another long corridor you just can't spend the time they deserve. A person could spend a few days going through the museums but that just isn't our thing. We got lost countless times in the labrynth of passages. We made our way to the highlights of the museum: the Raphael rooms and the Sistine chapel. Absolutely incredible pieces of art that we just sat and stared at for awhile. So detailed that it's mind boggling. The next day we went and saw the catacombs just outside of rome, over half a million christians buried in a series of underground tunnels stretching over many miles. It went down about 70 ft but we were only shown a bit of the first two levels, 30 ft below the surface. We also visited the partenon and a bunch of piazza's (square's) in the area. Today, we went to a church that contained a ton of bones of monks that decorated walls. It was pretty creepy. I could not get any sneaky photos as it was dark in the crypt. No photos were allowed. We are pretty spent on Rome now, and very excited to take off for Athens tomorrow. Hopefully we can get better computer access.   

So all of the internet cafe's will not let us down load pics so hopefully our next hostel has free wireless and we can download them using our pda. We already have over a thousand photos.
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starlagurl on

Such a shame...
There are so many great works of art in Italy, but most of it is missed because travelers usually have such limited time there.

Louise Brown
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