Three days in Roma! We saw so much it was hard to take it in. There was an occasional taxi drive to dinner, but we mostly just walked the city. The streets were fascinating, magical, full of energy.
I can't wait to go back.
A smallish sampling of the zillion pictures we took...
|I think I consumed about this much bread in Italy. All dipped in olive oil, of course.|
|AMAZING exhibit at the Capitoline Museum - The Vatican Secret Archives|
We were blown away by the things we saw here! This is the first time the Vatican has released this sampling of the archives for display. The Papal Bull excommunicating Martin Luther. The Edict of Worms. The letter from Parliament to Pope Clement VII urging him to annul Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Mary Stuart's hasty letter before her execution asking Pope Sixtus V to recommend her soul to God. Erasmus of Rotterdam's praise of moderation. Condemnation of Galileo for saying we were a heliocentric universe. The list goes on and on. It was AMAZING!
|Roman Forum - from Capitoline Museum|
|Gelato. What we ate when we weren't eating bread and pasta.|
|Best Gelato of the trip.|
|Gallery of Maps - Vatican Museum|
|Raphael (in black) watching us all admire his School of Athens at the Vatican Museum. The Raphael Rooms of the Vatican - I could have stayed there all day.|
|Sistine Chapel. Unbelievable. Absolutely thrilling to stand there.|
|The crazy long line for St. Peter's. We decided to come back first thing in the morning.|
|St. Peter's Basilica|
|Swiss Guard - Vatican|
|Bernini's Baldacchino above the Papal Altar.|
|This was as close as we could get because of services. Sigh.|
|A stop at a "Snack Bar" - fantastic people watching.|
|We saw SO many beautiful churches. This ceiling is said to be made from the first gold brought back from The New World.|