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***note: Jen and I happened upon this scene as we walked down an alley on our way from the Piazza Navona to the Spanish Steps. It seems quintessentially Italian to me.

Day 2
Ahhh, that’s better…no more jet lag. We grabbed a light breakfast of Clif Bars, hopped in a cab and went to the Vatican. Everyone says to get there early before the lines get long, but we didn’t think things would be too bad since the European Holiday just ended and tourism might be down a little bit and thankfully that was the case. I did some reading on the Vatican before we went and the website makes it sound like you have to wear pants and shirts with sleeves and no open-toed shoes. And if you brought a camera you’d have to check it at the door and get it back when you leave. So we dressed up in jeans, sneakers, and nice shirts. I grabbed the compact camera with hopes of sneaking it in and getting some shots surreptitiously and off we went. Did I mention it was mid-90’s every day we were there? Did I? Did I mention we were wearing jeans and nice shirts and sneakers in that mid-90 degree weather? Did I mention that when we got there almost everyone else had on shorts and sandals? No? I haven’t mentioned that yet? How about the fact that everyone had a camera and that no one had to turn it in before going inside? Yeah, we weren’t too happy about that one, either. Anyway, besides all of that, St. Peter’s Basilica is the most amazing building I’ve ever seen. There is no way I can describe it well enough for you to really get a sense of the place. It’s easily 5 stories tall inside, and everything is incredibly ornate. Marble sculptures and statues and paintings and altars adorn every inch. The floor is equally decorated, with several areas roped off to protect the artwork from the trample of feet.

"The first burst of the interior, in all its expansive majesty and glory: and, most of all, the looking up into the Dome; is a sensation never to be forgotten." - Charles Dickens, 1846

The Crypt was something that we could’ve done without, though some may really like it. It houses the tombs of the past popes, all the way back to the first pope, St. Peter. The Basilica was such a breathtaking place that we decided we would visit it again when we returned to Rome on the last day of our trip. Once outside we walked a few blocks away to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, both of which are worth any line you may have to stand in. Once again, though, we were lucky and didn’t face any lines. We decided to go to the Sistine Chapel first and we’re glad we did. You are required to walk through a series of hallways and rooms and the art that you see on this walk is amazing. The walls are covered in Renaissance art, 30 foot long tapestries, frescoes, and marble sculptures, and the ceiling is painted almost every inch of the way. It is, in its own way, equally as stunning as the Sistine Chapel. You may take your camera with you through this, but you may not take pictures once in the chapel, and you will hear “No Photo!” repeated many times while there. But the beauty of that ceiling will drown out anything else. To stand there and think of Michelangelo laying on his back painting that ceiling, and to realize it took him 4 years to do so…it is truly awe-inspiring.
At this point we were starving, sweaty, and ready to sit down, so we went to a cafe on the corner of Via Santamaura and Via degli Scipioni. This place had the best pizza! Jen got a Margherita pizza, which is basically just cheese, while I got a Neapolitan, which has ham, salami, and mushrooms. We ordered Insalata Pomodoro, which is what we thought was salad with tomatoes. Actually it was just a big bowl of tomatoes, so we learned to order Insalata Mista in the future to get a green salad. We also learned they automatically bring you bread, and then charge you several Euros for it, and many places charge you cover to eat there as well. This pretty much takes the place of tipping though, as there is no spot to include tips when filling in the credit card receipt. After a quick shower and change of clothes the rest of the day was spent walking around Rome (screw the cabs). We visited the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, had a glass of beer in the Piazza Navona (they have ENORMOUS glasses of beer if you want to pay €15 for one. That translates to about $24, by the way…for a beer. We opted for the smaller glass.) and saw the Pantheon. We found that walking or taking the Metro (€1 per person each way) were much better means of transportation. Dinner was another sidewalk cafe, followed by gelato, a drink and a cigar at the cafe at our hotel.
There are two things I noticed while there that I want to mention in closing. 1) I have never seen so many faux-hawks in my life. Seriously, is it required that you have this type of haircut if you live there and are between the ages of 18 and 30? b) The doors here are MASSIVE. Like 25 feet tall











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***note: This is the inside of the Pantheon. A church service was being conducted while visitors milled about. This is not an HDR.

Day 2
Ahhh, that’s better…no more jet lag. We grabbed a light breakfast of Clif Bars, hopped in a cab and went to the Vatican. Everyone says to get there early before the lines get long, but we didn’t think things would be too bad since the European Holiday just ended and tourism might be down a little bit and thankfully that was the case. I did some reading on the Vatican before we went and the website makes it sound like you have to wear pants and shirts with sleeves and no open-toed shoes. And if you brought a camera you’d have to check it at the door and get it back when you leave. So we dressed up in jeans, sneakers, and nice shirts. I grabbed the compact camera with hopes of sneaking it in and getting some shots surreptitiously and off we went. Did I mention it was mid-90’s every day we were there? Did I? Did I mention we were wearing jeans and nice shirts and sneakers in that mid-90 degree weather? Did I mention that when we got there almost everyone else had on shorts and sandals? No? I haven’t mentioned that yet? How about the fact that everyone had a camera and that no one had to turn it in before going inside? Yeah, we weren’t too happy about that one, either. Anyway, besides all of that, St. Peter’s Basilica is the most amazing building I’ve ever seen. There is no way I can describe it well enough for you to really get a sense of the place. It’s easily 5 stories tall inside, and everything is incredibly ornate. Marble sculptures and statues and paintings and altars adorn every inch. The floor is equally decorated, with several areas roped off to protect the artwork from the trample of feet.

"The first burst of the interior, in all its expansive majesty and glory: and, most of all, the looking up into the Dome; is a sensation never to be forgotten." - Charles Dickens, 1846

The Crypt was something that we could’ve done without, though some may really like it. It houses the tombs of the past popes, all the way back to the first pope, St. Peter. The Basilica was such a breathtaking place that we decided we would visit it again when we returned to Rome on the last day of our trip. Once outside we walked a few blocks away to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, both of which are worth any line you may have to stand in. Once again, though, we were lucky and didn’t face any lines. We decided to go to the Sistine Chapel first and we’re glad we did. You are required to walk through a series of hallways and rooms and the art that you see on this walk is amazing. The walls are covered in Renaissance art, 30 foot long tapestries, frescoes, and marble sculptures, and the ceiling is painted almost every inch of the way. It is, in its own way, equally as stunning as the Sistine Chapel. You may take your camera with you through this, but you may not take pictures once in the chapel, and you will hear “No Photo!” repeated many times while there. But the beauty of that ceiling will drown out anything else. To stand there and think of Michelangelo laying on his back painting that ceiling, and to realize it took him 4 years to do so…it is truly awe-inspiring.
At this point we were starving, sweaty, and ready to sit down, so we went to a cafe on the corner of Via Santamaura and Via degli Scipioni. This place had the best pizza! Jen got a Margherita pizza, which is basically just cheese, while I got a Neapolitan, which has ham, salami, and mushrooms. We ordered Insalata Pomodoro, which is what we thought was salad with tomatoes. Actually it was just a big bowl of tomatoes, so we learned to order Insalata Mista in the future to get a green salad. We also learned they automatically bring you bread, and then charge you several Euros for it, and many places charge you cover to eat there as well. This pretty much takes the place of tipping though, as there is no spot to include tips when filling in the credit card receipt. After a quick shower and change of clothes the rest of the day was spent walking around Rome (screw the cabs). We visited the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, had a glass of beer in the Piazza Navona (they have ENORMOUS glasses of beer if you want to pay €15 for one. That translates to about $24, by the way…for a beer. We opted for the smaller glass.) and saw the Pantheon. We found that walking or taking the Metro (€1 per person each way) were much better means of transportation. Dinner was another sidewalk cafe, followed by gelato, a drink and a cigar at the cafe at our hotel.
There are two things I noticed while there that I want to mention in closing. 1) I have never seen so many faux-hawks in my life. Seriously, is it required that you have this type of haircut if you live there and are between the ages of 18 and 30? b) The doors here are MASSIVE. Like 25 feet tall massive.

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