We got really lucky, and happened to ask our hostel attendants about the best way to get to the Vatican and ended up learning that the last Sunday of each month was free entrance to the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica. And we just happened to be in Rome on the last Sunday, which meant that we saved 15 euros! Win again. We decided to take the metro, because the museums opened at 8:45 and we heard that the line was always really long. We were a little concerned when basically the entire metro got off at the Vatican stop, but we weren't prepared at all for the line that snaked it way through the streets for the museum. It is literally the longest line I have ever seen in my life. We just kept walking... and walking... and walking! Luckily we only waited for an hour and 40 minutes, better than we expected after seeing the line. There were so many people though.
The Vatican Museums have one of the largest collection of artifacts in the world, so it was awesome to walk around and see everything on display. For example, this famous statue:
It was really crowded though, so you didn't have as much time to look at things and you could have. We also went through the Map Room, which I had never even heard of, but was blown away by! The entire ceiling was made up of paintings, and they were all beautiful.
Afterwards, we made our way to St. Peter's Basilica, where we waited in another huge line to get in. Once again, totally worth it.
|Just inside the Basilica|
|The remains of one of the Popes|
|A statue that I enjoyed.|
|Random processional. We didn't know what it was for, but they sang beautifully!|
When we got back, we met our new roommates, two American girls from Florida who were studying in Milan. We went with them and our other American friends to the free pizza and wine party put on by the hostel. It was fun, but there was not enough food to satisfy us. The two girls decided to go to a little restaurant near the Trevi Fountain, and invited us to go with them. My other travel companions were too tired, but I was all ready to go. So we took the metro to see the fountain for the first time, at night. It was gorgeous!
|Standing out in bright green|
|See that white glob of cheese in the background? BEST mozzarella EVER.|