Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Italia Adventures//Day 5// Roma

The next morning we woke up and cleaned the apartment for the boys since we hadn’t done any dishes or cleaned anything up from the night before. After we cleaned the apartment up, Ryan and Eric walked us to the funicular, and we got on our train to Roma. We arrived back in Roma at a decent time of around 1p, checked in to the same hostel we had stayed at on Friday night, and headed for the rest of our sightseeing in Roma. First on our agenda was the Pantheon, an architectural mystery to this day. This building has a completely concrete dome made out of a special mixture of concrete that to this day they can still not figure out the recipe to it. With a beautiful oculus in the middle of it that lets in the elements, this building should not still be standing, but it miraculously is, and is still as beautiful as ever. 

The Pantheon

After the Pantheon we strolled over to St. Peters Square, aka the Pope’s house. One of the things about studying these building forever in school is you just don’t realize how massive they are until you are there. St. Peters puts the Duomo to shame in size.

St. Peters Square

We walked around the interior of St. Peter’s and were so overwhelmed, all of the Divine Light coming in, and the Baldacchino, and the beautiful gilding, and the frescoes, everything hits you all at once, and it is so incredibly beautiful. Sadly enough, the Vatican Museums were closed when we got there, which meant we didn’t get to see the Sistine Chapel. We were pretty bummed about it, but that just means we will have to go back someday! 

The Divine Light inside St. Peters

The Baldacchino in St. Peter's

After that we were just really exhausted and ready to call it a day, but we spent the rest of the day walking around to the Piazza del Popolo and then climbing the hill to the Villa Medici. We got a beautiful view of the sunset at the Villa, and then climbed down the Spanish Steps for dinner. 

Our view from the Villa Medici

The Spanish Steps

Our dinner was not very good at all, and we were just ready to get back to Praha at that point. We went back to the hostel and crashed early so we could catch our 7:30a flight back home.

My gnocchi I had, it wasn't very good, but I liked the plate!

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