11.03.2007 - 15.03.2007 22 °C
Arrived at the hostel, and checked in, just had a pizza near the train station, where everyone told me to be careful. To be honest, Rome felt like a walk in the park after Naples. Woke early the next morning and headed out to the city with Nick, New Zealand guy i had met the night before.
We decided to use the hop on hop off buses to get across the city, there was one waiting at the trian station, We headed for the Vatican. St Peters square is amazing but smaller then i thought it was going to be, As we walked into the square we realilised there was lots of people standing around with banners. All of a sudden, there was a voice coming out of a loud speaker, so we looked around and couldnt see who was talking, by now we were really confused. Then Nick noticed some guy standing at an open window, and we put 2 and 2 togather. Sunday 12 midday lots of nuns standing around could this be the pope, what convinced us was when everyone starting praying. Even then we discussed whether or not it was really the pope or not. After about half an hour the pope went back indoors, and we left for the second part of our trip. We ended going to the catacombs even though i had been told that they were not worth seeing. I really should listen sometimes. Then we headed back to the hostel.
The following day, i got up really early and Aldo (Honduran) guy i met at the hostel and I headed out for the vatican museum. We had to wait over an hour to get in. It felt weird watching all these people handing over there money, and we wondered how much the vatican makes from tourists each year, and why the churches still have to ask there local people for cash ! Sistine chapel was beautiful, we werent allowed to take any pictures unfortuantly. But I feel like im pleased to have seen it. You also get to walk through the papel appartments, and various museums. It all takes about 2 half hrs. I had lost aldo by this time, so left the vatican and went to St peters church, which is awsome, and leaves you feeling quite speechless and full of emotions. I then walked very slowly back to my hostel, just sticking my head into churches, window shopping, and took in the spanish steps, Ran into a newly wedded couple at the spanish steps and the bride throw her bouquet into the crowd. Everyone was cheering and clapping. Then went to the Triva fountain and Patheon and lots of other things. Got back to the hostel had dinner then went for a midnight stroll through the city with nick, tried to learn how best to use my camera at night.
Got home about 1am. I was completely exhusted.
The next day i was tired and my legs felt like they were gona fall off. After getting up very late I went to the Colosseum and Palatine hill. Spent a very happy day just wandering around. The sites are so massive, and close togather you get a really sense in rome of what it could have been like back in the day. Its weird to hear stories about Julius Ceaser etc and realise that you are standing in the spot where he was creamated.
I was really pleased to have seen Palatine Hill. After walking around I went back to the hostel and went to catch up on my blog then after a lovely local supper went to bed.