Dan and I were all museumed out from our 11 hours of museums in Florence, but still enjoyed ourselves. That's the hottest statue I've ever seen!
The further into the Vatican we got the more ornate the decorations were. Here is the ceiling for the map room. I was way more interested in the ceiling than the maps. Dan just wished they were maps of the Czech republic.
Then we made it to the Raphael rooms and saw School of Athens. I had no idea it was painted on a wall! Walking throught the museum was like one huge crucendo with a climax at the Sistine Chapel. It really was amazing! It was almost cruel, though. By the time I got to the Sistine Chapel my neck was so sore from looking at ceilings that I don't think I was able to appreciate it as much as I would have liked. After we had our fill of the Sistine Chapel we went to St. Peter's Basilica. For me it was kind of a let down.
It was huge, but not nearly as pretty as I had imagined. The statues were gigantic and ceiling wasn't nearly as impressive as the museum rooms. Vinson's favorite part was "hiding" in the confession booths.
The guards really do wear funny costumes like Angels and Demons said. I was glad we got to see some. We got to the hostel in time for their free Pasta, and then Dan and I went out for more. Mom and Dad were pooped and were going to stay a day longer than we were. I made friends with Pinoccio.
Then we went to the Pantheon! I can't believe how awful some people take pictures! The second one was with more direction. It made me realize how nice it was to have mom to boss around with taking pictures :).
And we saw some sights on the way home.