One year ago today, The Hubs and I went to THE VATICAN! You guys, this place was amazing. I’m not catholic, I don’t even go to church, but I respect Catholicism so much more now. Now that I’ve seen where where the Apostle Peter was hanged upside down. Now that I’ve stood in Leonardo Da Vinci’s private quarters, looked out the very same windows he looked out, the windows that probably inspired him. Now that I have looked down into the very passage that can take you to where every Pope has been buried, including the first Pope, Peter. It was amazing.
A couple of really cool facts before we begin our photo journey:
1) Did you know that no other building in Rome is permitted to be built higher than St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City? There will never by skyscrapers in Rome, thanks to His Holiness.
2) If you were to spend one minute looking at every piece of art in The Vatican, you would be there for 12 years. You read that right. 12 years.
*Side note: I couldn’t remember that statistic, so I googled it and found it on my old blog. Awesome.
St. Peter’s Basilica in the background
Hall of Statues (The Hubs would like you to know that he took this picture.)
Recognize this guy? Bill Clinton’s ancestor, maybe???
The Hubs’ feet on 2000+-year-old tile, which 30,000 people walk on every day. Romans build things to last.
Super awesome watercolor of The Colosseum. I want it.
Our British/Italian tour guide
St. Peter’s Basilica
As much as I would love to show you a picture of the Sistine Chapel, I cannot. It is copyrighted to some super rich person, making them the only person who can take pictures in there. So if you ever see a postcard or picture or anything of the Sistine Chapel, he got paid for it. Crazy, right? People were taking pictures, but I thought that was rude. Security was also crazy about that, so I wasn’t about to try it. My camera means more to me than one picture.
At the end of our last day in Rome, we decided to get a bus back to the hotel before history repeated itself. We did not want to be stuck in the middle of night again. So we went back, ate some more pizza, and went to bed early.
Tomorrow: FLORENCE! My favorite.