Is the Pope Catholic?
Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
57Trip End Jul 01, 2009
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Joe picked out a little bed and breakfast that he found on the internet. The advertisements made the place look really cute. It looked like the room included a terrace with a great view of Rome. Let's just say the place wasn't exactly as advertised. For starters, there was no terrace, just a roof.For a bed and breakfast, this place sure didn't serve much of a breakfast (more like no breakfast). But, it actually wasn't that bad. It was basically like staying in someone's apartment. And, it was close to the Vatican, which was nice.
We got into Rome about 9:00pm on the 4th
Vatican City was amazing. The two big tourist attractions, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel were both awesome. We hired a tour guide to take us through the Vatican and it was well worth the money. Our guide was very educated in both Roman and Christian history. As a born-again Christian, I was interested to see what our guide's perspective was. With comments such as "What they teach in Sunday school is a load of crap," makes me believe she is not a devout Christian. On the other hand, she was very irritated with the author of the "Da Vinci Code's," Dan Brown, as she believed he had altered the truth to an extreme.
Regardless of one's personal beliefs, seeing St. Peter's Basilica and the fresco of Michelangelo's in the Sistine Chapel was amazing
The Sistine Chapel was amazing in itself with Michelangelo's work "painted" on the ceiling. They actually don't call it a painting, but rather a fresco. A fresco has to be painted in tiny sections in order for the plaster to be the right temperature, which makes his work even more incredible, especially considering Michelangelo was more of a sculptor. The Sistine is famous for Michelangelo's pictorial culmination of the Renaissance, showing the story of creation, with a powerful God weaving in and out of each scene
Our first full day in Rome was spent almost entirely at the Vatican. Vatican City is its own country and has its own post office and radio station. We didn't see the Pope as he only comes out on Wednesdays and Sundays. I can only imagine the crowds on those days. As it was, people were lined up for miles around the Vatican wall to get in to see the Sistine Chapel. But, it was worth fighting the crowds and the heat in order to see what lies within the walls of Vatican City.