Almost over and so fast.
04.10.2014 - 05.10.2014
OCT 3RD - THE VATICAN AND COLOSSEUM
7.30 on the bus to get to the Vatican Museums. Then up the private Bramante Staircase with its incredible views over the city. Then onto the Cistene Chapel, suitably attired to see the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Now that is something to marvel at. The details and the stories there could be a bit controversial and a few of us had our theories on one of them in particular. He would have been privy to a lot of knowledge about those priests......Then to St Peter's Basilica. Saw where the Pope speaks from and another masterpiece of Michelangelo, the Pieta, and the amazing dome here.....a shame no photos allowed.
Out into St Peter's Sq and to see the immense size of it. Being set up for the Popes public meeting which he conducts each Tuesday. Sooooo glad we were early and had early direct tour entry to all here as now it was only 9am and the crowds were queuing for long distances and would take ages to get in.
Really enjoyed our Coliseum tour and how huge it was. Hard to imagine how it would have really been with the lions, Jews and Gladiators. Visited the ruins of the Imperial Forum (Governing Centre) which also included the Arch of Titus, the Temple of the Vesal Virgins and the Forum of Julius Caesar. Such history to behold!
Back to Hotel for shower and change then off walking to our End of Tour Celebration Dinner. 6 courses, about 3 of them pasta based, and a long time between first and last course with local opera singer entertainment. Didn't sell any of her CD's to us.
Back to Hotel and lots of hugs and goodbyes with fellow travellers in our group. Had formed really good relationships with some of these people and would miss them. Some heading to their next adventures before breakfast, some to airport with us and others later. A fantastic time had on Road to Rome in spite of our overbearing Tour Director......don't think any of us were going to miss him, but will miss each other!