Monday, April 13, 2009
When we booked our trip to Rome we had failed to remember that Orthodox Easter and Roman Catholic Easter are on different dates. We fretted for weeks about our trip and expected the city to be overrun with people there to see the Pope. We expected long lines, closed shops and attractions, terrible traffic and the weather channel was predicting chilly temps and rain. We thought we had made our first big travel mistake.
Fortunately we were wrong, wrong, wrong! Rome was amazing and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Yes, there were a lot of tourists but no more than any other big destination. We also avoided lines by booking tickets in advance for the Colosseum and the Vatican. The tour of the Vatican was a bit much and definitely an exercise in patience but still something I'm glad we did.
My illegally taken picture in the Sistine Chapel...
It was the only place photos were not allowed. I respected the art by not using the flash but after wading through the mind-boggling amount of artistic treasures the Pope literally owns (the Vatican Museum is the world's largest "private collection") I decided it was unfair of him to keep Michelangelo to himself.
We only had a day and a half really but we packed in as many sights as we could. Although in actuality we barely made a dent in all there was to see.
Rome is an incredibly enchanting city with a seemingly endless amount of beauty to behold. We loved the architecture, the language, the vibe, the people, the food, the wine...we loved it all!
Definitely a place we will visit again! Next weekend...PARIS!!!!
Posted by MAV at 7:03 AM