Rome if You Want to … Day 5 & 6

I’ve been trying to write this blog post for a few days. It’s been a little tough. We’re two many days out from Rome now. I did seven peoples worth of eight days of laundry. That’s 48 shirts (not including undershirts or pjs), 48 pairs of socks, 48 pairs of underwear, etc. It’s a lot. Basically we’ve been a little swamped and I’ve finally caught the cold I thought I had missed, but it just turns out that I got it last.  Then we had guests. Then school started up again. Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.  Anyhow, here’s the photos from our last two days in Rome.

Day 5. We had no real purpose today. Just to explore a different part of Rome. It was Monday so almost all the Museums were closed, it limited what we could do. 
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We stumbled upon the Cimitero Acattolico or the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners of Rome. It was quite beautiful and had a few interesting, well-known people buried there among them Keats and Shelley. There was also a pyramid on the grounds. It was built in 12 BCE.

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We finished out the day by heading to Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli. This church was impressive. The church began not as a church, but as the Baths of Diocletian. Michelangelo was hired to adapt the ruins into a church. The church was very impressive and it offered a chance to see another one of Michelangelo’s creations.

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That was about it for day 5.

Day 6. LAST DAY IN ROME! We saved the Vatican City for the last day. I wish we had had more time, but alas two 7 year old boys and one 4 year old boy had had enough. They were done, done, done. We managed to make it through the tour barely. The girls loved it and found every last bit of it interesting.

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R’s favorite statue. He said, “That statue is unpolite!” Our guide pointed out to him the previous Popes’ had covered almost all the Roman statue ‘naughty’ bits with fig leaves.

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This is our ‘illegal’ photo of the Sistine Chapel. It is considered a holy place and you aren’t suppose to speak or take photos in it. HOWEVER, every five minutes over an intercom, which was ridiculously loud, a person would scream, ‘SILENCO! SILENT! This is a holy place! Do not talk!’. It would get quiet for all of 15 seconds and then the murmurs would start again. I understand it’s a holy place, but good grief. It was jammed packed in there.

We headed over to St. Peter’s Basilica. The girls wanted to climb to the top of the dome, but as stated before the boys were done. It’s okay though it just gives us a reason to come back.

Final Thoughts on Rome

It was a crazy eight days. I wouldn’t change much of what we did although maybe the order. I hope we can visit Rome again when the boys are older. We wanted to go visit some of the crypts, but didn’t because we thought it would freak them out to much; especially Jude. We wanted to walk some of the Appian Way. We didn’t visit any of the museums. Both the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps were being renovated. Basically when we come back there will still be so much to see and do and eat and it’ll be easier cause the boys will be older.

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