On Friday (May 18th) we made our way to
Winding our way through the Vatican Museum
From there we took the long journey (500+ steps) up to the top of the Cupola within St. Peter’s Basilica to see the view of
The Basilica is cavernous and enormous in it’s scale, with statues everywhere. Everything is ornate and much is gilded with gold.
Tomb of the apostle, St. Peter (the First Pope)
View inside St. Peter's from the top of the Cupola
The intrepid couple, in St. Peter's Square
Chrystal, mailing a postcard home to Cambridge! from Vatican's own post office
In general, we expected more from the food in Rome, although the pasta was usually fresh… I believe our expectations might have been too high. None of the criteria by which we select a restaurant back home applied: The busy, classy looking restaurants inevitably were overpriced and the food average. Thankfully, on our second last day we took the recommendation from the hostel owner, and ate a local basement-located restaurant – the food was excellent and authentic, and better yet – the least expensive.