Lessons from the Road #2: Rome

Lesson #2:  Sometimes it’s necessary to walk through the pain.

Our second day in Rome, we walked and walked and walked. The Metra is great, and we needed it to get from the Testaccio neighborhood where we were staying to the sites. But, otherwise, we walked. The day started with a trip to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s. Yes, we climbed the dome. As you go higher and the dome rounds, the walls slant in. I was afraid I might feel claustrophobic, but I didn’t. I felt it a little on the trip down. We took the elevator part way up, but walked all the way down, and there was a section where the spiral stairs just went on and on, and I wondered when it was going to end.

St PeterDome St. Peter's

As far as the Vatican Museums went, I especially enjoyed the map room (I was expecting maps in cases, but, no, they’re painted on the walls!)…


… and the Raphael rooms.

School of Athens

It was great to see the Sistine Chapel in person, but there were so many people that we were herded through like cattle (no photos allowed there).

After the visit to St. Peter’s, we crossed over the Ponte Sant’Angelo. (Of course, I loved that and took lots of pictures. I’ll only subject you to a few of them.)

Copy of Bridge of Angels8 Copy of Bridge of Angels4 Copy of Bridge of Angels1 Copy of Bridge of Angels 16

At the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, we saw Michelangelo’s sculpture of Christ Carrying the Cross (hadn’t known about this sculpture until Rick Steves).

Copy of Michelangelo's Christ Carrying Cross

Then we went to the Pantheon

Copy of Pantheon

… and the Church of Sant’Ignazio with its amazing ceiling frescoes.

St Ignazio Ceiling FrescoFresco Close up

After dinner at Der Pallaro, …

Der Pallaro

… we headed back toward the Colosseum to catch the Metra, and somewhere we missed a turn and got caught between Palatine Hill and the Forum. We had to walk all the way around the Forum. I’d gotten blisters on the bottoms of my toes the day before (my fault for choosing stupid socks—should have gone with the Smart Wool). My feet were crying by the time we reached our hotel. But the pain was a small price to pay for seeing everything we saw. Rich day!

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6 Responses to Lessons from the Road #2: Rome

  1. Rose Allocca says:

    Glad you experienced Der Pallaro. We always recommend it or take folks there. If there’s a next time, after you re-visit San Ignazio, go to La Cave d’ San Ignazio, in the right hand corner of the square, with your back to the church. I can’t believe Michael never told you about the Michelangelo in Sopra Minerva! How about that elephant?

    • sstamm625 says:

      I hope there’s a next time. I really did love Rome. Elephant? Is that the one with the obelisk coming out of it’s back?

      • Michaelangelo says:

        I’m not sure who that ‘Rose Allocca’ woman is who’s bugging you, but yes, that’s the elephant she’s talking about: right in front of Sopra Minerva.
        And I guess I must have forgot to tell you about the Cristo Risorto (wonderful statue, but you gotta love that diaper, no?) while I was busy telling you about the Michelangelo in San Pietro in Vincoli, and about Der Pallaro, etc… 😉

      • sstamm625 says:

        When I responded to Rose’s comment, details of places were blurring in my mind. Later, I remembered more clearly that, yes, in fact, that elephant was in front of Sopra Minerva. And, yes, to the comment about the diaper.

      • Michaelangelo says:

        Given all you covered, I am astonished at how much detail you actually HAVE retained/repeated clearly!!!

      • sstamm625 says:

        I kept a journal! Without it, I wouldn’t remember nearly so much.

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