Next stop was the Panthenon. Now that was pretty amazing. How they managed that dome I will never be able to figure out.
At this point we were hungry and stopped for a quick piece of pizza before we headed to the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain is an masterpiece. It was so beautiful! We roped a fellow tourist into taking our picture for us. Awe, Josh being romantic. We also threw coins in for luck.
We were cruising around the church and noticed that there was confession going on. So we found the English speaking priest and went to confession. Now I was a bit nervous about this. A.) I really don’t enjoy going to confession and B.) I can never remember the Acts of Contrition so I feel like a dumbass. Regardless I figured I’d porbably only have one opportunity to do it, so I did it and got the most penenace I’ve ever gotten.
Shortly after confession we realized the next mass was about to start. So of course we got up in the first five rows for mass in Latin. Even with the program they gave out I had a hard time following it. It was very traditional and cerermonial. I have to say it was cool attending mass with some of the cardinals and receiving communion.
After mass we booked it out the door to catch the Pope’s blessing. We had awesome timing. Thanks to the zoom on our new camera we actually got some pretty good shots. Did I tell you I was a super Catholic that day or what?
Now the Vatican Museum was closing early so we sped walked to get there and made it just before they cut off the line. There were some pretty nice things in there, but we really just wanted to get to the Sistine Chapel. So like a herd of cattle being lead to the slaughterhouse, we packed in to the the masterpiece. It would have been much more enjoyable had the guards not been yelling “Shhhhhhhhhhhhh” and “No Photo.” But oh well, we still got to see it and Josh snapped these pics.
After all of this I was so hungry and thirsty. What’s better for this than some delicious pizza, a mini bottle of wine and sitting out at a cafe people watching? Nothing. Just a note, you have to go to this place if you’re near Vatican City. Best pizza we had the entire trip!
We stopped by a castle on our way home but were definitely ready for a little R and R. Quick nap and some wine later were headed out for dinner. We found this teeny tiny place just outside our Campo. Josh had an unfortunate, I’m not sure what this is because it’s in Italian incident. Oh Trippa. Yes, that is tripe aka cow’s stomach. It did not go down well or really at all. Good thing we were able to get a nice big serving of gelato later. Josh was much happier after that.
Our final day in Italy we hit the big three: the Colliseum, Palatino and the Roman Forum. The Colliseum was pretty impressive as we walked towards it. We rented a little mobile guide…skip if you ever go there.
The Colliseum was pretty cool and we thought about Gladiator as we looked down on it. From there we headed just down the street to the Palatino and Forum. What was left off both was pretty impressive. It’s really too bad that the three sites had been used as quarries for the Vatican and other building around Rome.
We ended the day with dinner across the square from the Pathenon and of course gelato.