Roma- The Vatican – Sorprendente!

Good Evening from Rome! It’s been a busy first day here and the number four has seemed to have been the number of the day. This morning I woke up early to head over to the Vatican to see Pope Francis deliver his Wednesday message in St. Peter’s Square. It rained on and off before and during the morning general audience but an Italian woman sitting behind me offered me an extra umbrella that she had as I had not brought one with me to the speech. I did bring one to Europe but foolishly left it in the hostel this morning.

So why was the number four the number of the day today? Simple: For the Pope’s audience I was in the fourth row and for my Vatican tour, there were only four people in my group. It was basically like getting a private tour, which was really cool.

The Pope’s speech was nice and although it was in Italian, it was still so cool to say that I’ve seen the Pope.

After the Pope spoke, I went to the little souvenir shops around the Vatican before I headed over to the tour office to start the walking tour.

When I got to the walking tour place, there were only three other people in my group so I was very happy about having a small tour. It was like paying for a large tour and getting the small tour experience.

On the tour, we covered some of the Vatican museums, as well as the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Although you aren’t allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel, I used the front facing camera on my phone to take a quick picture of part of the ceiling. Zach – 1 Sistine Chapel – 0 I’m probably a rebel for that, I know.

Jokes about the Sistine Chapel photography policy aside, it was definitely cool to be in there. To actually be in the same room where the College of Cardinals has met to elect a new Pope for the last 500+ years was amazing. Oh and that Michelangelo guy wasn’t a bad artist either.

St. Peter’s Basilica was equally cool. There are many neat statues in the Basilica, as well as the tombs of many Popes. Below the Basilica, there is a grotto area with even more tombs of the Popes. You couldn’t take pictures in the Grotto, but you are allowed to take pictures in the Basilica, so the photos you see below that look like Popes in glass coffins are just that.

If you have any questions about specific pictures, feel free to leave me a comment on the blog and I can go into more detail. It’s easier than having to explain every picture on the blog because that would take too long.

Enjoy the video of Pope Francis as well.

Until next time…you stay classy readers.

Best,

-ZEZ

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