After class, we headed to the Vatican City for the day. Luck was on our side as we encountered little to no lines everywhere we went today. And we all know that when you're doing touristy stuff, that really is lucky. First we whisked into the Vatican Museum after not waiting in the non-existent line. (just wanted to emphasize that for ya). We made our way through it all to see the big things like the Belvedere Torso, the Laocoon, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. After we finished with the museum, we grabbed some wonderful pizza at a pizzeria a little ways into the Vatican City. To top off lunch, we got some delectable gelato at the little Old Bridge Gelato shop, reputed to be the best gelato in Rome. I can't say with certainty that it was life-changing-great gelato, but it was certainly good! Maybe that's a testament to how good the gelato quality is all across this eternal city.
Once our bellies were full and happy, we went in to see St. Peter's Basilica. While we were in there, we actually saw priests come in singing and conducting worship or something. It was very interesting to watch. Once we had seen the inside of the Basilica, we went up on top of the dome! I'd been wanting to go up there for a while and Beth wanted to go for it too! So we took an elevator up to the bottom of the dome where we got to walk around the inside of the dome and look down into the interior of St. Peters. After that, we continued up to the top of the dome by climbing 300 steps. From the top of the dome we had a 360° view of Rome. So beautiful. After we came down from the dome, we headed back to my neighborhood where we warmed up with some lovely hot chocolate. Then we took some time to rest in the apartment before going to dinner with Abbie, Lindsey, and some of Abbie's friends who were in town. All in all a wonderful day.