Our Italian adventure has come to an end. We had another busy day in Rome and kicked things off at the Campo di Fiori where some shopped, others sat in a cafe and enjoyed a cappuccino and others explored the farmers market.
We then strolled over to the Pantheon and happened to catch some of a choral performance inside. Not far from the Pantheon was a gelato shop we have been hearing about all week. It has 150 different flavors of gelato–from Mars Bars to pistachio. We all had to try it!
Then it was back to Vatican City where we split up for lunch before meeting our guide Simone and heading into the Vatican Museum. We jumped in front of all the other tourists waiting in the long line in the hot sun — we’ve certainly gotten the VIP treatment this trip!
Simone guided us through the enormous museum, where we saw famous paintings and mosaics, ancient sculptures and tapestries, and the ostentatious apartments of long-ago Popes. There was so much to see, it was overwhelming! Our tour ended in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica–both magnificent!
We relaxed in St. Peter’s Square before heading to dinner at Insalata Rica and celebrating Olivia’s 16th birthday. Danielle even taught us how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Italian. We concluded our trip with a stroll through the Piazza Navona.
We will be up bright and early tomorrow morning to catch our flight back to Atlanta via London. We’re worn out, and our feet are sore from all the walking, but it’s been a wonderful trip!