I found Rome to be one of those cities you could just wonder around all day and night exploring, there was such a peaceful vibe, and nowhere more so than The Vatican City, which is it’s own city state within Rome, and of course, home to the Pope!
Whilst there we opted for another skip-the-line day trip, which included headphones and a recorded guided tour of The Sistine Chapel, it was really informative, but there was so much detail in the history, that unfortunately, we had to rush past most of it as we were only in Rome for a couple of days.
After the tour we spent another few hours wandering around the mini-city and admiring the beauty of the architecture. I think that even if you’re not religious, it would be hard not to wonder about some sort of higher power when witnessing the afternoon light streaming in through the glass windows of the Chapel. Along with the foreboding backdrop of the clouds against stone buildings, and the birds swirling around the sky, it was truly an amazing sight to see. I only wish we had been able to stay longer as I think I could have kept looking around at the details for weeks and weeks.
After walking around in the groggy heat until our feet were bleeding we intentionally became lost down some back alleys behind The Vatican, and dodged the early evening rain (which had been threatening the city all day) by ducking into a cute restaurant for some pasta & wine.
When we finally found the hotel later on that night, we were in a lot of pain – each step taken was pure agony! So we spent the evening in the room watching Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (we’d watched Angels and Demons in Paris – teehee!). It was cool seeing everywhere we had just been walking that day in the movie! Brett then did some extensive googling about the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City, who’s history is quite interesting! (I heard all about them for the next few days! lol).
It was a stunning place to visit and I hope I get the chance to return one day.