Friday, October 26, 2007
This is my last post for now on Italy ..The Vatican was our last stop. Ideally it should have been the first as we were staying very close to it near Lepanto, the metro stop if you are coming from Termini . Ironically there were no buses that would take us directly from our hotel to the Vatican, so we decided to make it our last stop so that we can pick our luggage enroute to the station ...
Vatican, the sovereign city state , landlocked in Rome is governed by the Pope . .The route from Rome takes you across the Tiber to St Peter's Square into St Peter's Basilca . The Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, the Sistine Chapel and the museums are the other must visits here. We were told that the Pope was away in Austria ... There were strict dress codes..shorts, short skirts and even sleveless T shirts and tees wre not allowed..
We spent a lot of time marvelling at the Basilca, especially at the Dome, which is believed to be designed by Michaelangelo and then redesigned by architect Giacomo della Porta and then quickly made a dash to the Sistene Chapel to look at the frescos before leaving ..we lost our way again and had a train to catch in an hour...luckily we found a taxi that took us to the station in just half hour before doing a quick drive around the city again
My visit to Rome was very short and as I passed the Trevi Fountain I promised myself that I wll visit again