Yesterday was pure amazing!!!!
I got to take a tour of one of the most famous buildings in the world! The Vatican. I can’t even put into words how cool it was!
The tour started at 7:30 AM. And we just had to meet the tour guide at a little cafe across from the entrance. While waiting for the tour guide to appear, i met 3 girls from New Jersey. A mother and two daughters. They were a lot of fun! So the great thing about the tour was we got to skip the ridiculously long line of people waiting to get in. Trust me, it really is worth spending that extra. So my tour began with a tour of the gardens of Vatican City. That was amazing. We saw 90% of the Gardens. Inside the gardens we saw the Pope’s Hunting Palace, the Pope’s Helipad, Pope Benedict’s New home, and a few other things.. This was so beautiful! The way everything is so manicured and kept is beyond amazing!! It is amazing that for one person, they shut the whole place down while he walks around.
So after about an hour or so inside the Gardens, we concluded our tour out there, just as the other tour groups were beginning to come out and begin their tour. So when we were out there we were really the only tour group out in the gardens. Then we headed inside and started our tour of the Vatican its self. We got VIP treatment again. Getting to go in special areas that are closed off the the general public, IE the people not on this tour. Saw a lot of cool stuff.. Then we got to the Sistine Chapel… This room is so amazing!!! I can not put into words. The only sad things is that you have to be very quiet and photos are prohibited. But me being the tourist i was, snapped a few. It was amazing. After the Sistine Chapel we made out way out to tour St. Peters Basilica….. Words cannot explain how HUGE this place is. We all know it is big, but you cannot understand how big until you are standing inside it. When you are inside, the ceiling looks much lower than it actually is, just because they oversized everything in here, that the ceiling looks way smaller than it is. I cannot remember the dimensions our tour guide gave us, but it is HUGE. After a tour of the Basicila, the tour concluded. But the tour guide informed us that if we wanted we can get in a short line to go to the top of the Coppola on top of St. Peters. And of course i went. If any of my readers decide they want to do this, make sure you are a little physically fit. So i paid my 7 euro admission for the elevator. You take the elevator up a bit, and get to a level where you can walk around the inside of the dome at the bottom and snap a few pictures, cool but not amazing. But going up to the top of the cupola, there are hundreds of stairs, and the slant with the dome, so the whole time you are walking up at a slant. What took about 15 minutes or so from the bottom to get to the top. But the view at the top is breathtaking!!! You can see all of Rome and then some. And you can walk the full 360 of the dome. Beyond breathtaking!!!
After my tour concluded i headed back to my hotel to rest my feet and made plans with the family from Jersey to go to Harry’s Bar, Frank Sinatra’s favorite hot spot in Rome, and go get drinks later that night. So getting back to my hotel about 2. We headed out to get drinks about 9PM. And it was cool, overpriced but cool. The food and drinks were superb!!! Then afterwards they headed back to their hotel because they wanted to get an early start tomorrow because they only had 2 days in Rome. So we departed ways, and i headed to some club off Via Veneto. The prettiest street in Rome, also the most expensive… So finally about 1 or 2.. The latest i have stayed out so far… I walked back to my hotel, just a few blocks away..
Today, I didn’t do a whole lot. Met up with a friend that just got here yesterday. And we went and got lunch and went to the Pantheon. That was okay… Then hung out at my hotel and went for a swim. And we are going to go out here in a bit and grab dinner then go to a bar..
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