We arrived in the early afternoon on Friday and explored the Villa Borghese which is a beautiful park that has enchanting views of the city. There was a point where we overlooked these beautiful steps with a million tourists on it. Little did we know that it was the Spanish Steps we were looking at! We returned to the train station to pick up our fourth friend who had to arrive in Rome a bit late because of a class and on the way we humorously tried to pick oranges from an orange tree that was far out of our reach. Once we were all together, we checked into our hostel and then explored the area, Travistera where we got dinner at a homey trattoria..the Coliseum was right around the corner! It was drizzling, but I felt that it kind of gave the area a magical touch to it. I had a Dean Martin soundtrack playing inside my head :)
|First night's dinner - pasta con pomodoro|
The next morning we woke up really early and booked it to the Vatican museum about 40 minutes before it opened. It was a smart move because we were one of the first people in and the first few rooms weren't as crowded. The museum was stunning..so many different rooms with different mediums of art. I did an audio tour which was another great decision as I could replay it as many times as I wanted. My camera started to die by the end of the tour (I was in there for about six hours and I didn't even notice) but I was lucky enough to have gotten all of the pictures that I wanted.That night, we grabbed dinner near our hostel area and then Christy and I went to see the Trevi Fountain at night which if I was by myself, I probably would have stayed there all night. Alas, we had to get back and help Shannon celebrate her 21 birthday!
|Lana and I - waiting outside the Vatican Museum|
Some works of art from inside the museum:
|Raphaello's masterpiece fresco|
|A Vincent Van Gogh original art piece|
|A Salvador Dali original art piece|
|In the Vatican|
|St. Peter's Basilica|
|Concentrating hard on my wish :)|
I'm off to study for midterms - up next is Greece!