After a fabulous first day exploring Rome we headed off to a fantastic tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel the following morning. Since your shoulders and knees have to be covered when visiting St. Peter’s (and many other churches in Italy), I wore this floral maxi dress from Mango with my go-to Zara tassel loafers, Forever21 boat hat, and Micheal Kors straw cross body bag.
On our way to Vatican City I stopped off and got this pizza-like tomato and mozzarella bread thing. I have no idea what it’s called but it had this mayonnaise kind of sauce and I was totally addicted. Do you think it would be reasonable for me to eat this every morning for the rest of my life? I think so.
I bought tickets for the tour two days before at a kiosk inside the Vatican. With this tour we covered part of the Vatican museums before moving into the Sistine Chapel and finally St. Peter’s Basilica.
Being raised in the Catholic Church, it was really important that I got to see Vatican City. Words cannot describe how stunningly beautiful every part of St. Peter’s is! Pretty much all you can do is stand in awe of the stunning intricacy of everything that surrounds you.
Much like my experience at the Trevi Fountain, there was an astonishing number of people at the Vatican. Approximately 25, 000 people move through St. Peter’s every day. Regardless of the mass of people, I would absolutely recommend doing a tour. Again, our guide was so knowledgeable it just made everything we were looking at so unbelievably fascinating (also that place is like a maze and I’m not convinced I would have been able to find my way out without a guide!).
After leaving St. Peter’s we made a bee-line for a delicious Gelateria down the road. I can safely say I ate gelato every day while in Italy and I really think I was living my best life!
We then went back to the Colosseum one more time because…why not? After desperately trying to get a shot of the whole Colosseum in all of it’s glory I found a little bridge down the street that gave us a fabulous view! It’s size and beauty is astonishing, I’m so glad we went back for one last look.
Before heading off on our first train ride to our next destination we of course had pizza again. Now, I should say that I’m a big fan of Chicago-style deep dish pizza smothered in an entire block of cheese. I didn’t think Italian-style pizza (I know it’s the original pizza…) would win me over but it’s entirely as scrumptious as deep dish pizza! The crispy crust, the fresh cheese, the flavourful sauce. On your next trip to Italy promise me you’ll indulge in some of their famous pizza?
What is your favourite Italian food? I’m always up for trying something new!
Photo credit: Jesse Market