Roma - day two
Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
20Trip End Oct 09, 2011
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Today was surreal!!
Our reservations at the Vatican Museums weren't until 12:30 so we took it slow this morning. On the way to the Vatican we stopped by a little piazza with a fountain showcasing turtles, very cute. And we browsed through the market at Campo dei Fiori. This is a fabulous open-air market with produce vendors, a few spice sellers and one guy selling truffles and truffle oil -- he gave us tasters: yummy!
Eventually we got to the museums, no lineups (except for the women's bathroom) and signed in for our guided tour. At this point in the trip, we don't really feel like doing too much homework and we're prepared to follow along and look at what we're told to look at
Rod quotes: "It's-a good to be-a the pope. You should see what's in the basement though!"
Our guide didn't show up so they gave us a "replacement" who was superb! She's an art historian teacher who made the rooms and paintings come alive. She started the tour with some guidance about the Sistine Chapel (using panels, ~ 30 mins), then took us through some parts of the museums (2 hours of wow!) and left us to our own devices for the Sistine Chapel. (I'm glad she suggested to grab a quick bite to eat before entering the chapel -- our panini and espressos hit the spot.)
Boy, that Michelangelo was something special!! We must have spent an hour in there, craning our necks, gawking through our little binoculars and marveling at the ceiling and walls. Our guide had prepared us well but I still look forward to reading more about this special chapel when we get back home. It truly is a marvel!
We toured St Peter's Basilica again -- not as overwhelming the second time -- then around 5:30 we made our way home gradually, with stops in the Santa Agnese in Agone church to rest our feet (ok just mine...) and the grocery store to pick up some fresh things for breakfast tomorrow. Tonight will be an early night as we hit the Colosseo early tomorrow morning...