Well friends & fam, this is going to be a bit of a shorter blog post much like my other recent blog posts due to 2 reasons: 1. I have no photos to share with you, 2. My phone is MIA, & 3. The wifi is pretty awful where I am now! It’s been one absolutely insane whirlwind of a trip in Rome. Let me explain.
Starting out our first day in Rome, we arrived in the city on an overnight train from Venice running on less than a couple hours of sleep having been stuffed into a cramped train compartment with 3 other people for 5 hours. Once having arrived in Rome at 6 AM, we reached our accommodation only to find it unprepared for our arrival and other travel complications made our stay at this particular place a bit difficult. We ended up having to sight see on less than 2 hours of sleep the first day but seeing the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon in one day made it completely worth the exhaustion.
Our second day comprised of catching up on our sleep (I got approximately 10 hours of sleep last night and IT WAS AMAZING) as well as Vatican City. We were a bit disappointed to find out this morning that the Vatican museums were closed on Sundays for church services, but nothing could have prepared us for what we would be able to see at St. Peter’s Square. We arrived by metro in the early afternoon and meandered our way into the heart of Vatican City after wading through waves of people. As we perched ourselves next to an exquisite fountain in the center of St. Peter’s Square, we all sensed a common feeling of expectation and excitement in the air throughout the crowd. Erin asked an Italian woman standing nearby us what the crowd was waiting for, but all 3 of us had the same guess as to why. In the next 15 minutes, Pope Francesco, himself, would be giving a mass! What an exciting discovery that was to stumble upon! After waving at the Pope from a distance and listening to short message in Italian, we walked completely dazed from the experience towards the gigantic cathedral of St. Peter’s Basilica and were met be stunningly ornate ceilings and statues, as well as endless pieces of artwork. This was the father of all cathedrals, and it was absolutely breathtaking. At the end of this amazing experience, we headed to leave the Vatican back towards Rome when I made the discovery of my cell phone being missing from my pocket. After searching through every area we had been in, we came to the conclusion that I had been the victim of pickpocketing during the excitement. It was a bit of a downer to end my experience in the Vatican City, but I’m not going to let it ruin my trip 🙂
So, that’s a short little snipet of my adventures in Rome, but we also visited Milan and Venice during our week in Italy. Definitely ask me about it if you’d like to hear more about my experiences there! I have to say though that Italy has taken a piece of my heart. I am absolutely in love with the people, the culture, the history, the language, the food and everything else this amazing country has to offer and I know in my heart I’ll be back. I’m in love with you, Italy.
Thanks so much for reading! Ciao for now 😉