Rome to Perugia
Trip Start Apr 26, 2007
9Trip End Jun 08, 2007
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In the morning of our last day in Rome we travelled to the Vatican Museum. It was necessary to leave our hotel at 7:00 am in order to get in line to get our tickets. When we arrived there were probably about 200 people ahead of us. Incredible. Our early arrival allowed us to view the Sistine Chapel without being crammed in like sardines so we had a good look. It is truly one of the wonders of the Renaissance world. Michaelangelo was so talented. We toured the Raphael Rooms and went through the Pinoteca but the high point remained the Chapel.
Whe we left the Museum, Melinda and I with two other people took a cab over to St. Peter's. We just didn't feel like trekking all the way around the outside of the museum to get there. If you ever vist the Vatican museum and St. Peter's, I would strongly recommend that you hire a guide to take you through. You will get preferential treatment in the line and the guides can then take a back door out of the museum go directly into the Basilica. The lineup waiting to get into the museum at 1:00 pm was so long that I doubt many of them got into the museum by its closing time at 4:30.
We had to wait in line in the sun for about an hour to get into St. Peter's, certainly worth the wait but luckily we had our umbrella's with us to protect us from the sun. Wednesday is not a good day to go to the Vatican unless you want to take part in the mass that the pope conducts in the square on Wednesday mornings. This is a drawing card for the world's faithful. He also rides around the squaARE in the pope mobile so that all gathered have a chance to see him. The Pieta, and the Bernini sculptures inside are beautiful and well worth the wait.
When finished we returned to hotel and boarded the bus to Perugian a beautiful mountain town. It is a medieval city built on a hill surrounded by a wall. When we got off the bus we waled to the hotel - 50 people, schlepping bags down the hill to Hotel Priori. Memories of a past trip. We all had to stand outside waiting for our room assignments. Suddenly I realized that I was being tested by God- too many religious icons and I was getting delusional - I must have passed the test because we were given a very nice room and we dragged our bags up and down several flights of stairs. Only in Italy do you have to go up stairs in order to go down stairs.
We all then went out to dinner to the only restaraunt open at 10:30 pm at night. It was an Indian restaurant called the Taj Mahal. There we sat drinking Italian wine, eating Indian food of various types and listening to Sitar music. I won't rant but those who know me well know what I think of sitar music. A good sleep was welcome so that we could go out and enjoy the sites of Perugia the next day. We have two days here and will just be resting and relaxing and sketching and touring museums.
The group is great and I am getting to know the young adults better.
More from Perugia in a few days.