Friday, June 17, 2016

The Grandeur of Rome

Today, we set out for Vatican City - our fourth country on this trip. We walked through the museums and gardens seeing pieces of art many thought they would never see on our way the the Sistine Chapel. Once there, we stood in awe of Michelangelo's masterpieces - the ceiling and the front wall which contains the last judgment. He painted the ceiling when he was in his 30s, and it took four years. He painted the front wall in his 50s, and it took seven years. Then we walked into St. Peter's Basilica. Wow! There are no words for this, the world's largest church. 

From there we went to lunch - PIZZA! Lunch was followed by visits to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Rome has history, faith, and surprised around every corner. 

Our day ended with dinner and shopping in Piazza Navona. This piazza was once a circus where chariots were raced. Today it's home to Bernini's fountain - Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Gelato at Giolitti's - the best in the world. 

What a day! We are ready for our final day together before heading home. 

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