With Easter upon us, I must share one of my most memorable trips to Rome. Easter with the Pope!!!
We took the overnight flight and landed in Italy on Easter Sunday morning! Once we arrived at our hotel, the St. Regis, we quickly freshened up and got ready to see the Pope! We took a cab and got as close as we possibly could, as many of the streets were blocked off. We then strolled over to St. Peter’s Square as quickly as possible… we had to get to the Pope! I must tell you, it was so magical being able to go to St. Peter’s Square to see the Pope for Easter Service. We were able to get to the front half of the crowd so we could get at least a faint glimpse of the Pope. We listened to his message and his blessings (although we could not understand or translate!) We ended up staying for most of the service. We were not able to stay the entire service for fear of being trapped in the crowds. We spent the rest of the day casually roaming around and sightseeing, and of course, EATING pasta! After a long day of travel, jet lag had set in and we all opted for bed!
The next day was filled with a full day of touring with our fabulous guide Robert Brunetti. We started our day outright with a visit to the Colosseum. What an experience this was seeing something that had been completely built in 80 A.D. Kevin said he could picture himself as a gladiator dominating his arch enemy in front of thousands. Ha! We then continued our tour to Palantine Hill, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. I threw my three coins in the Trevi Fountain guaranteeing my return trip to Rome. We finished up the day with a tour of the Catacombs – this was especially interesting seeing the underground burial.
We finished out our trip with a visit to the Vatican. The historic paintings were so impressive. I was in complete awe, viewing the Sistine Chapel and Michelangolo’s work of art, with each section having a symbolic meaning from the Bible. I must go back as we were not able to see many sections of the Vatican due to closures during the Easter holiday such as The Papal Tombs.
I’m looking forward to the day I can return and spend more time viewing all the sights. What an unforgettable trip! Rome is not a place that you can see in less than a week, or even a month! Grazie!