Tuesday June 26 we were greeted with the morning heat which made are travels much more tiring and exhausting. It was 90 degrees as the sun’s rays overtook our skin while we waited in line to enter the Vatican. Because of the conservative dress code, we wore long black skirts, tank tops, and draped our long scarves around our shoulders like shawls. However, once inside the heat was overbearing. We slowly unveiled our shoulders since covering them was just trapping more heat inside. It was like the Vatican was a sauna filled with people and heat trapped in one area. The statues and museums inside, however, we’re breath taking. There were ancient mummies, marble statues, broken pieces of history, and murals everywhere. The history and art was incredible and it made me think about how human hands had created such exquisite and extravagant pieces that have lasted so long over time. Today we are lucky if art or a novel is admired for a year or two.
Upon entering the Sistine Chapel, I stared up at the beautiful ceiling taking in all of Michael Angelos masterpiece. We struggled to find a seat and just sat in amazement looking at all the figures that seemed so real. It was stunning.
We left the Vatican, stopped by St. Peter’s Basilica, but the heat from waiting in line was too much to bear. We decided to have lunch instead where we feasted on an assortment I breads, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, and caprese salad. It was fresh, delightful, and put us right to sleep when we returned home.
We finished our last night in Rome with another fantastic meal of breads, lasagna, and some gelato. The gelato shop we went to is the oldest gelato shop in Rome that has been around since the 18th century. There were so many people inside waiting to take in the history and refreshing taste of the night time treat. Overall, Rome was a wonderful success and I would be delighted to go again and tour St. Peter’s Basilica. Just remember to bring very light weight clothing for the heat!