11.02.2009 - 11.05.2009
In the morning we woke up to rain in Cinque Terre and it continued all the way to Rome. We made a stop to see the leaning tower of Pisa. There were tons of people standing outside insistent that we needed to purchase umbrellas from them,
Here we are in front of the tower, we're really small but we're there.
After Pisa we headed to Rome where it was down pouring! We were able to find our way to our hostel only getting a little wet. Later we went out looking for food and we got soaked. There weren't really any good food places close to our hostel, that we could find anyways. Darren ended up getting a bad piece of pizza and I decided to wait until morning to find some other food.
The next day it was still raining. Since we only had a few nights booked we had to take advantage of all our time in Rome, even though the weather was not cooperating. The first stop was the Colosseum. After getting drenched, we decided to spend some money for a hop-on hop-off bus, at least it would keep us dry and it'd take us to all of the top destinations. We ended up riding it around for quite awhile before deciding to get off at the Vatican. We went through the tombs of the popes that exited into St Peter's Basilica and by the time we made it outside again the rain had stopped! Yeah!
For lunch we ate a couple of overpriced slices of pizza and we made our way back to the colosseum:
We walked around a bit before heading back to the hostel. We bought some groceries for supper and just hung out at the hostel that evening.
The next day we decided to go to the Vatican Museum, we couldn't leave Rome without seeing the Sistine Chapel; along with many other artifacts that are in the museum. Everywhere you look in the museum there was bound to be something to catch your eye.
Art on the floor:
Painting on the ceiling:
Paintings on the wall:
And of course the Sistine Chapel - Pictures were not allowed so we don't have any to share of the amazing painted chapel
We walked around Rome some more, taking in the sights, or ruins...
Circus Maximus - Area where the chariot races took place:
We made our way back to the hostel and ended up going out with a bunch of people who were also at the hostel. (the internet of the whole area where our hostel was went out, so everyone was feeling social since we couldn't chat with our friends back home) We went to this little italian restaurant our hostel recommended and it was pretty good. Darren and I just had dessert because earlier we had eaten our food from the grocery store, but the tiramisu was delicious.
The following day we left Rome and headed for Bari, towards the south eastern edge of italy. From there we took a 15 hour boat ride to Patras Greece.