|At the Vatican Museum|
|Photo bomb -__-|
The next day our first stop was the Vatican! We took a nice stroll from the apartment to Vatican City, stopping along the way to pick up some breakfast pastries.We could tell when we were within 2 blocks of the Vatican because the line and crowds were ridiculous. We wound our way around 3 blocks of a line before finding the entrance, where we showed them our tickets and skipped the entire line (Pardon, VIP coming through). Then we proceeded to get lost into the Vatican Museum...and it was awesome. This is the kind of stuff that makes me go wild...essentially every piece in the museum is older than the United States....by a few millennia. HOW INSANE. This was just the first of manyyyy times in Rome that I had to stop and think, "Are you for reaaaaal? Are you really that old? Are you messing with me? Are we being punk'd??" Unbelievably old and unbelievably beautiful items in the Vatican Museum.
|"Creation" by Michelangelo, on the Sistine Chapel ceiling|
|Bruschetta and beer|
|St. Peter's Basilica|
Our last scheduled activity of the day was a free tour of the city. This started off at the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and was led by a well-dressed guide whose Italian accent caused me to struggle to follow his European humor and wit. But we got to see a lot of cool places along the tour! Afterwards we picked up some gelato and dinner then made our way back to the apartment, absolutely spent!
|Bright colored knickknacks at Porta Portese|
|I'm sorry this exists, Brad.|
We went to bed early and woke up before the sun the next day in order to catch our next flight...to Katowice, Poland!