After walking through the Cinque Terra all day we gave lots of love and thanks to Salvatore for being the best host ever and an even better friend and we hopped a midnight train to ROME!
We were staying in Rome from Wednesday (late late Tuesday night) until early Sunday morning because we knew there would be so much to see and do and we didn’t want to feel rushed. We were staying with Cameron’s friend Pasquale who was just a nice and generous, insisting that we take his room for the week as well. I sometimes still can’t believe how kind people were in Italy; I just loved it!
Wednesday morning, the Pope would be speaking in Vatican City and I had my heart set on attending! We woke up early and took a bus and stopped at the coolest underground pastry shop that you would have never known was there, but luckily Cameron knew Rome quite well! When we got into the Vatican (which is considered not part of Rome) I was shocked. There were so many people it was like Disney World met New Year’s Eve in Time Square! Just lines and lines of people waiting to go into St. Peter’s Basilica and hopefully see the Pope. He had already addressed the crowds but we wouldn’t of been able to see anything except the projections on the big screens, yes the big screens! Crazy! We decided to tour the Vatican Museums instead and spent the day looking at gorgeous statues, paintings, tapestries and murals. Of course we saw The Sistine Chapel and what felt like, and probably was, thousands of other famous art.
*A man yelled “NO PHOTO!” in the room with the painting of The Sistine Chapel, but I may have snapped a few (whoops!) You also aren’t allowed to sit on the steps of the floor :/ Yup, guilty as charged…
We left Vatican City and walked through Passeggiata Del Gianicolo which had absolutely breathtaking views of the city! There are these random water spickets everywhere and especially around the park, that are always flowing fresh cold water. Cam loves these and so we of course had to take a drink and it was worth it! We took our tie walking around, came across the set of some movie being filmed (no idea what), watched the sun set, then grabbed some life changing bruschetta for a snack.
*We later found out that every night at sunset thousands of birds flocked Rome! It was so beautiful, kind of scary, and really cool!
Nothing compares to the food I ate in Italy! We walked around an art square and listened to some live music and then headed in for the night! Great first day in ROME!