Monday, March 30, 2015

Classical Italy Day 6: the day started out promising

 Laocoon statue in the Vatican Museum

Hands down this was the most memorable day of the trip. It started off really promising. We were going to the Vatican and I was excited because of the small chance I would get to meet the pope. I've been watching a show called the Borgias which is about Pope Alexander VI and his reign as pope, and it is a very good show. Anyways, I was all dressed up, ready to go, and very very excited. We toured the Sistine chapel and the Vatican museum. The first incident we had was a split between the groups. Half wanted to see the school of Athens by Raphael and the other half did not. So when the half that did tried to turn around, the guard in charge started to yell at our tour guide in rapid fire italian. There was a lot of arm waving and yelling and I'm pretty sure she was arrested or at least reported. Once we saw the Sistinr Chapel we all exited the chapel but, half of the group was gone. They had left us to go into St. Peter's Basilica. We had to wait in an hour and a half line to get into St. Peter's but in the end it was worth it. The view was beautiful. After that, the groups split again and I ended up taking the Roman metro for the first time with a group of students. Don't worry we made it safely. We spent the rest of the day shopping and basically relaxing. It was very nice. :)

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