Day 3 was totally packed, possibly one of the most packed we’ve had. We started at the Vatican Museums with lots of sculpture and other art. There were discussions of how the Church reconciled its self to the religious beliefs of the pagans over the years. Some of that resolution was shown in the arts. We finished this part of the tour at the Sistine Chapel. The brightness of the paintings and their techniques and the obstacles Michelangelo faced were very interesting.
We next went to Saint Peter’s Basilica which is right next door. It is the largest church in the world and the holy center of Christianity. The apostle Peter was buried in a shrine built in 64 AD. Bramante and Michelangelo were the chief architects of the Basilica. There was a range of examples of different architecture styles.
We went to lunch at a restaurant in the area. Lunch was only 2 hours – starting with an eggplant and pasta, then pork with vegetables and finishing with a chocolate mousse. Much simpler than before.
After lunch we went to the Trevi Fountain – yes Brianna the only place you knew about before we took you to Europe. What a beautiful fountain. The white marble and the blue water will make you immediately feel much cooler, just don’t stand in the heat too long or the cool goes away.
We went to past the Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Stairs – on to the Spanish steps which aren’t really Spanish, but are in front of the French church and were paid for by the French. Who knew?
After returning to our hotel and cooling down some, we went souvenir shopping.
We had a free evening. We found a pizza shop (the best part according to Evan) and ate a simple pizza. It certainly didn’t take 3 hours.