This was the day of the Scavi Tour beneath St. Peter’s Basilica and we were so excited! The tour didn’t begin until 1:45pm so we took the Metro to the Ottoviano stop and roamed around for awhile.
We decided to go to a trattoria for some pizza and had yet another ‘travel experience’ to share. We were eating our pizza when we saw a man come in and speak to the worker at the counter. I don’t know what was said, but the worker came from behind the counter, grabbed the guy by the coat, quickly walked him to the door and pushed him out of the restaurant. He actually threw him out the door and then gave him a swift kick in the pants! We don’t really know what was going on and we weren’t about to ask…we made sure we were on our best behavior during the remainder of that meal.
Next, we moved on to the Vatican. We scoped out where we needed to go for the tour and then went into the Vatican. The weather was around 60 degrees today and the sun was behind the clouds, so inside the Vatican was kind of dark. It was bright enough to see the dove window and it was beautiful. I didn’t get to see it the last time I was here because of the clouds.
Soon it was time for the Scavi Tour. We had to check our bags and could not take pictures. The tour was about 1½ hours long and the guide spoke the whole time. She was extremely knowledgeable and we hung on her every word. What we saw was incredible! When I get home I’ll be searching for everything I can get my hands on to learn more. I am so fortunate to have seen this. Here is a link to a site that allows you to take a virtual tour of the Vatican Necropolis. http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/necropoli/scavi_english.html
When the tour ended we roamed around the Castel Sant Angelo area and then the area around Campo dei Fiori. Of course, we went into several beautiful churches along the way. Here is a statue on the bridge in front of Castel Sant Angelo.
We also stopped into a pasticceria and bought some sweet treats and a small panettone. It’s close enough to Christmas that I’m craving my panettone. I was not disappointed.
In the evening we went into Chiesa dei Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio, across from the Fontana di Trevi. The lights were off and the only light came from the many candles. There were quite a few people sitting in the church enjoying the peaceful glow of the candles. It was beautiful. I keep using the word “beautiful”, but this is Rome and EVERYTHING is beautiful. I love this city!
We finally decided to call it a day and returned to our own neighborhood for dinner.
When we returned to our apartment Marc decided to use the washing machine. The instructions are only in Italian and we couldn’t read them. Marc watched the washer go round and round for about an hour …were his clothes clean…who knows. Here is a picture of the tiny elevator at the apartment. It has a limit of 3 people…I wonder why?
This was yet another wonderful day in my favorite city. Life is good…