Flavored cappuccinos Manuelo made us
Yesterday and today were a lot more eventful! Yesterday we took a bus to Vatican City where we got a tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. I've learned about the fresco paintings by Michael Angelo in the Sistine Chapel in college but seeing them was absolutely breathe taking! To think that all of this history in Rome is from over 500+ years ago is seriously unreal! We walked through St. Peters Basilica which was beautiful as well. Once the tour was over, we went back to the hotel to freshen up and head out to dinner. Meeting in Piazza Navona then heading to Tarastevere for dinner as a group with our program. The dinner wasnt the best I've had yet but the night life in Tarastevere was incredible! Everyone just hangs out in the streets socializing, drinking and eating gelato. Seriously a lifestyle I would'nt mind getting used to! The boys are so my type and although there is quite a language barrier, broken english/italian can be somewhat fun. The girls and I got roses bought for us by some of the locals and had fun venturing around.
Jennifer, Amy, Me and Kim (3 of my roomies) outside of the Vatican Museum
Today was our walking tour of the city viewing sites including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi fountain and a few others. The colosseum was really interesting to learn about and our guide was the cutest Italian man who was born and raised in Rome. He was really silly and made the tour a lot of fun by cracking little jokes here and there. I think the Pantheon was my favorite because of the fact that it was built in the first century BC and is still in incredible shape. Its seriously hard to wrap my mind around the fact that its been around for that long. Trevi fountain was soo beautiful and the Romans believe that if you throw a coin over your shoulder and make a wish than you will return to Rome. Throw a coin or not, Im pretty sure this isnt going to be my only trip to this amazing city. The girls and I stopped for some gelato and then had lunch in Piazza Navona before heading back. I think Im fully adjusted to the time difference which didnt take long but am seriously exhausted from all of the walking in the balmy heat of Rome. I'll try to spice things up a bit more in the following posts! Love to all of you back in the states! Next stop, Florence!! :) xoxox
Outside the Pantheon
A couple of the roomies and I in front of Trevi fountain! :)