Vatican City and Rome, Italy: Honeymoon Day 6

We got into Rome last night from Florence on a pleasant train ride through the Italian countryside. The image of Italy has been ingrained in my mind through popular culture, and viewing the vineyards and farms from the train were sights and experiences that are lacking on our Italy trip. Although I love exploring cities that have a lot to offer, the one thing that we’re missing out on is the small Italian towns and wine country, but the sights from the train reinforced the image that I already had in mind – expansive lands with typical farm homes with red roofs and invasive foliage partially covering the façade – a place that I internally long to retreat to. Needless to say, I’ve added that to my wish list! 
(Photo: www.theguardian.com)
We got to the bustling city of Rome in the evening, and went out for a walk to get a feel of the city. My initial reaction was that it was not only much more populated, but there were way more tourists. I thought that would be impossible after visiting the very touristic city of Venice where the amount of tourist is its only drawback (if you don’t consider the bugs that bit me twice on the face and the occasional smell of poop).
The first touristy site we saw that made me realize just how many tourists are in Rome was the Spanish Steps each one of its 135 steps full of tourist taking pictures. It almost gave me a headache just looking at them. 
Spanish Steps
On our walk to the stunning, baroque Trevi Fountain I was bracing myself for what was to come and yet again, at 11pm, the whole place was busting at the seams with tourist – one of those places that take you forever, or the right angle, to get a decent photo shot of the actual site. 
We bought our ticket to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to skip the lines this morning which is a must unless you enjoy waiting in terribly long lines! I thought we would be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica before entering the museums, until, yet again, we were met with a long ass line to enter the basilica, and no, I wasn’t going to wait that long to go in. 
The line to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Our reservation was at noon, but we managed to enter over an hour in advance since no one really cared reviewed our ticket. Phew! We finally got a break! Once we got in, it was like survival of the fittest competing for space and photo shots. 
In the middle of everything I began to suffer from cultural overdose. By the time we got to the Sistine Chapel, I was staring in a daze at everything trying with all my might to take it all in. Despite the circumstance, the Sistine Chapel is much more than what I had originally thought – the whole chapel is a large masterpiece worth the trouble to see! My only regret was not to have a guide/audio guide to point out all of the details for me! 
We were’t able to take photos or videos of our own in the chapel. 
We spent a good chunk of time observing and experiencing the museums as much as possible, so I was in much need of a boost afterward. Perfect time for some cappuccinos at a local cafe! Reloaded. Our next mission: St. Peter’s Basilica, the mother of all churches, the church that all the cool churches want to be, the church that blows all others out of the water. We had a tip to see it during lunch and the line half the size! Thank goodness. 
If you plan on visiting the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel as well as St. Peter’s Basilica, plan to dedicate ½ – ¾ of your day at these sites. 
We spent the remainder of the day roaming around, napping under a palm tree in front of the Palace of Justice and chilling with Italian wine, cheeses, and irresistible food – a perfect way to end our day. 🙂

Popolo Square

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