Just Rome-in’ Around the Vatican

Benvenuto in Italia! We made it to Rome, so get ready for a week’s worth of posts all about our adventures and good eating (aka tons of pasta and pizza and NO REGRETS!).

Our first day was a travel day from Barcelona to Rome, so we spent our first night heading straight to our Airbnb and getting settled in.  The apartment we rented was nice, clean, and about a 20-minute bus ride to Vatican City.

Day two is what I’m here to tell y’all about: our day in THE VATICAN!!

For a while now, I’ve wanted to visit the Vatican, and, studying in Spain for a few months, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to hop on over and cross that off my list.  And I’m so glad I did!  Everything was so different from what I expected, but still so incredible!

We bought our tickets through a travel group, but ended up buying the self-paced tour.  Regardless, we had to meet the tour guide at a cafe to walk over to the Vatican Museum and get our tickets.

The whole Vatican Museum took about 2 hours to walk through and see everything; we spent probably another hour walking through St. Peter’s Basilica and their gift shop.  Of course, we got to see the Sistine Chapel, but, like everywhere else we’ve visited, it’s been overwhelmed by large groups of other people doing the same as ourselves.  It was a bit difficult, for me, to really enjoy the chapel for how amazing it was when there were guards yelling “NO FOTO!!!” every two seconds.

After the tour, we went straight to St. Peter’s and checked that out.  The sun was starting to set, and the light pouring through the windows was such an incredible thing to experience…especially since it shone directly on the altar.

We found a restaurant down the road a way and ordered our first plate of authentic (they claim…I mean, we were in Italy after all) pasta and wine! By the time we finished our lunch, it was around 4:30 – 5 p.m., so we walked around for a little while before heading back to our house.

Traveling is hard and tiring! I’m so excited to share more stories and pictures about my travels in Rome, so don’t forget to follow and keep up with all my new posts!

As always, thanks for reading, and see you next time… MK

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