June 3, 2014. Rome – Vatican City.
When it comes to museums, sometimes photos were allowed, often they were not. When they were permitted, usually getting a decent photo of a painting or something in a case was not possible because of low lighting or reflections. I took them anyway, because I wanted to remember what I saw.
From my journal: Late start. Breakfast down the street. Metro to Vatican City. Got into the Museum w/o standing in line, and 2 1/2 hours early.
Sistine Chapel awed me. The hair was standing up on my arms. (No photos permitted.)
Then direct to St. Peter’s.
We started toward Castel Sant’Angelo, at a few blocks before. Nice walk along the Tiber under shade trees, to Campo de Fiore – Bruno statue, Piazza Farnese.
Visited Forno bakery to get biscotti for morning. Coffee and tiramisu at Cucina Romana.
7:30 Piazza Navona – my favorite (piazza) so far! Lively and festive. Musicians, singers, beautiful building overlooking – fantastic! – See the video below.
Patheon – walked three quarters of the way around.
Fontana di Trevi – very crowded, stayed only briefly.
On to Gelato Day 4. Wonderful spot off the Fontana. My choice: Amaretto. Sweet old lady topped it off with something else – probably sweet almond. Best yet!
Walked to the Spanish Steps. Caught the Metro back from there.
Video: Rome II