When In Rome – Part 2

The list continues…

4.  Get scammed by at least one taxi driver.

I don’t want to tell these stories because it just makes me too angry.

5.a  Hobnob with the Pope.

I didn’t think I cared about seeing the Pope, but I was alarmed to discover that seeing him  was just as exciting as any celebrity sighting.  Although after watching the video back, I realize the crowd was much more subdued then if that had been <insert any other famous person here> in that car.

5.b  Say “eh” to the Sistine Chapel but be amazed by St. Peter’s Basilica.

Look for the pink umbrella...A lot of the day at the Vatican was spent  building up anticipation for  seeing the Sistine Chapel which wasn’t nearly as impressive in person as we thought it would be.  The windows are closed on a regular day making it kind of dark and musty.  You can’t take pictures inside, but most  of the pictures that you find online are much more impressive anyways.  Google it and keep in mind that between the ceiling and the final judgment mural that you’re looking at nearly ten years of Michelangelo’s life. Our awesome tour guide (to the right) told me that.

St. Peter’s Basilica on the other hand was down-right amazing.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  I don’t know if pictures can do this one justice.

St. Peter's Basilica Dome

St. Peter's Basilica St. Peter's Basilica Altar

6.  Think twice before crossing the street.

Drivers in Rome are craaaaazy.  And they will run you over.  And just because it’s a one-way cobblestone alley street that barely fits one car  width doesn’t mean that you can’t drive 60 mph down it despite pedestrians.  In Rome, the tiny cars and scooters have the right of way so you better watch out.

Mess

This picture doesn’t show the madness in action, yet it is ridiculously fitting for the atmosphere of eat or be eaten on the streets there.

7.  Take a tour or two and learn more history than you ever did through 12 years of grade school.

We took a day tour down to Pompeii which was another of my absolute favorites.  Just to give you a brief idea of what Pompeii’s all about (because I had no idea), it’s a whole city that was covered by ash after a volcanic eruption nearly 2000 years ago.  They have excavated a little over half of the city, and it’s in way better shape than a lot of the monuments in Rome.  Not only that but because of the nature of the eruption, casts of people who died in the eruption have been uncovered and are on display there.  I’m not much of a history buff, but this tour was damn interesting…no really…it was.

Overhead view of the uncovered city.  It’s amazing how deep it was actually buried.

Pompeii

City street

City Street

The inside of a home.  That floor is a tile mosaic.

Bathroom

Painting preserved on the inside of a brothel.  How did they know it was a brothel?  Take a good look at the painting ;)

Brothel

The casts.  Apparently it was an extremely painful way to die.  Despite the rocks falling from the sky for several hours, they decided to wait out the eruption.  Not to sound insensitive, but Dan and I are pretty sure they “ashed” for it.  Ha ha.

Huddled in a corner

Huddled in a Corner

Real teeth.  The bones are still in there.

Cast Face

Dog

Dog

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2 Responses to “When In Rome – Part 2”

  1. kathy truhn Says:

    I was excited to see the pictures of the Pope…and I was neither there, nor am I Catholic. Go figure!

  2. Morgan Says:

    those Pompeii pics are AWESOME! can’t wait to see the rest of the list:)

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