Having been raised in faith, visiting the Vatican was definitely a dream come true. I still cannot describe the feeling that came over me as soon as we stepped within its boundaries. We spent the entire morning inside Saint Peter’s Basilica. It was so beautiful and everything was a masterpiece. There were portions blocked off especially for those who wish to pray, which was the case in all of the churches we visited. I preferred to go inside the chapels to offer my prayers. I found them more serene and solemn, and there were nuns who prayed with you. After we left the Vatican, we ate lunch before setting out to see more of Rome.
We visited plenty of churches, all of which were old, gorgeous, and a blessing to see. I wish I had more coins, so I could light more candles to go with my prayers. I must have prayed a million times. Once I get my pictures organized, I’d be able to tell you the names of the churches we visited. As of now, I cannot… sorry! Of course we visited historical landmarks such as the Pantheon and Colosseo, made a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and stopped by and shopped near Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps).
We walked a lot while we were in Rome. It was probably the most walking we did the entire trip, but if you are able to, I recommend walking and taking public transportation. We were able to see and stop by more places, take side streets, and talk to locals. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear, though, because the road can be rough. Because we were there in the middle of July, it was extremely hot! I had to buy a hat early in the morning because the sun was already piercing through my skin. Make sure to apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day and keep hydrated. My take on Rome? Though I wish the upkeep of its streets were given more attention, it was an overwhelming feeling to be in a city that is so rich in history. There was so much to see and take in, it’s too bad we were limited on time. It was amazing to see buildings and architectures built centuries ago in person – places I used to only read about and see in movies.
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