Sunday, August 20, 2006

August 2006 - Vatican City

This week, we went apartment hunting with our best broken Italian.

We took a walk across Ponte Sisto to our new language school - Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci - to register. Here's a picture of Casandra in the square in front our school.
Then, we headed north and almost immediately saw Castello de Sant'Angelo in the distance.

We crossed Ponte Sant'Angelo - the most beautiful bridge in Rome - designed by Michelangelo - and then just hung out in front of the castle.

Looming over us to the west was the gargantuan and imposing St. Peter's Basilica. So, we decided to head into Vatican City for a leisurely visit.

For a while, we just hung out on the steps of the huge obelisk in the dead center of Bernini's magnificent Piazza di San Pietro, surrounded almost completely by multiple rows of colossal columns.
Then, seeing there was no line to enter St. Peter's Basilica, we ventured inside. Words can't really describe what you see when you step inside the largest and most lavish church in Christiandom.

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