Roma day 2 and 3 - 12th April 2008 @ 5:25 pm «   »

Location: Italy, Vatican : Roma day 2 and 3

On day 1 in Rome we did all the main attractions in the city: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Vittorio Emmanuel II, the Forum and the Colloseum (which was closed unfortunately). As we only arrived that morning, we were completely bushed after taking in all the sights and had an early evening.

Yesterday morning was a little rainy, so we decided to do a load of washing first at a local laundromat. Around noon the rain stopped and we headed back into town to see the St Peters Basilica. On the way there we went passed various other lessor known sights including Piazza Navona.

The Cathedral was quite spectacular and it was in noticably better shape than when I (Jan) was inside 12 years ago. The restoration really has paid off. We again took way too many photos but my 70 – 200 lense really came into it’s own. Unfortunately we were too late for the Sistine Chapel and will come back.

After a seriously long walk through what we thought would be a nice park (but which was not!), we ended up in the Trastevere area. This is supposed to be an area with funky cafes and restaurants, but the weather was closing in again. So we ended the day with a lovely pizza at a restaurant just around the corner from the Pantheon.

Today we went straight back to the Vatican City but had to queue for about an hour to get in. The entry maxed out our budget for the day, but it was well worth it.

It was absolutely packed inside and we had to wrestle our way through many of the narrow areas and corridors. We eventually got to the Sistine Chapel after being led through a maze of rooms we weren’t interested in. The Chapel really is something special but the hoardes of people make it difficult to fully appreciate. Nevertheless we had a fantastic time.

Tomorrow morning we are taking the 10:49 train to Naples where we will spend another 3 days exploring the dozens of sights.

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