Vaticano

I know I blogged the rest of the family’s trip earlier, but I would be remiss if I neglected to mention that we visited the Vatican! On my family’s last day in Italy, we went down to Rome so they could see it. This trip was my parents’ second to Italy, and the first time they got to see Rome, so the Vatican was a must.
We had pre-booked a three hour guided tour, so we got to get some lunch before jumping on the Roman metro and going to the entrance to meet our group.
I had visited the Vatican before on two other trips to Rome, but it’s incredible every time. Since I can’t even describe it, here are some pictures:

The Vatican pinecone.

My favorite statue in the museum: Laocoon. I apologize for the awful picture, but we didn't have much time to stop, but I had to share the statue. His right arm was missing when the statue was discovered, so they had one made until the original was unearthed years later. It totally changed the statue.

This statue was the inspiration for the image of God in the Last Judgement on the wall of the Sistine Chapel.

The ceilings in the museums are gorgeous.

My absolute favorite painting (actually a fresco) in the entire place: The School of Athens by Raphael.

St. Peter's Square.

A mosaic in the Basilica of St. Peter's. In fact, the entire church is decorated with mosaics.

John Paul the second's tomb.

A Swiss guard, resplendent in his awesome uniform.

Me with my family in front of the Basilica.

With Austin. We loved how warm it was in Rome!

After seeing St. Peter’s, we decided to spend our evening seeing the rest of Rome. We headed to the Pantheon, saw Trevi Fountain (and got gelato) and got dinner at a nice restaurant in the city. After dinner, we were all so exhausted that we took a taxi tour of the colosseum and the hills of Rome, and then went back to our hotel.

Tossing our coins into Trevi Fountain.

What Rosalynd deemed "the kids' table."

After the family left, I took a train back to Bologna and had a nice American dinner with my friend Christina. I had a box of macaroni and cheese (which Italians abhor) and some green peas, so we made mac n cheese and salad and drank wine. It was good to relax a bit.

My dinner.

Check out that powdered cheese.

How deliciously American. My roommates judged me.

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So che ho bloggato il resto del viaggio della famiglia prima, ma sarei negligente se ho trascurato di dire che abbiamo visitato il Vaticano! L’ultimo giorno della mia famiglia in Italia, siamo andati fino a Roma in modo che potessero vederlo. Questo viaggio è stato il secondo dei miei genitori in Italia, e la prima volta di vedere Roma, così il Vaticano era un necessità.
Avevamo prenotato in anticipo di tre ore visita guidata, quindi abbiamo avuto tempo di mangiare qualcosa prima di saltare sulla metro romana e andando verso l’ingresso per incontrare il nostro gruppo.
Avevo visitato il Vaticano prima su due altri viaggi a Roma, ma è incredibile ogni volta. Dal momento che non posso nemmeno descriverlo, ecco alcune immagini:

Dopo aver visto San Pietro, abbiamo deciso di trascorrere la nostra serata vedere il resto di Roma. Ci siamo diretti al Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi abbiamo visto (e ottenuto gelato) e cenato in un bel ristorante in città. Dopo cena, eravamo tutti talmente sfinito che abbiamo preso un taxi tour del Colosseo e dei colli di Roma, e poi tornò al nostro hotel.

Dopo la famiglia è partita, ho preso un treno per tornare a Bologna e aveva una bella cena con l’amica americana Christina. Avevo una scatola di maccheroni e formaggio (che gli italiani aborrono) e alcuni piselli, quindi abbiamo fatto mac n cheese e insalata e bevve del vino. E ‘stato bello per rilassarsi un po’.


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