Travel: Rome, Italy {Day 2}

To read about our first day in Rome, click here.

Day 2 in Rome was dedicated to visiting all the usual touristy sights, and let me tell you, Rome houses some pretty amazing attractions.   My pictures don't even begin to do these sights justice.

Let's start off where we spent the first half of our day, in Vatican City...

Vatican City.
Did you know that Vatican City is it's own city state?  Yep, it's plunked right in the middle of Rome, but is it's own country with a population of less than 900 people.  It's ruled by the Pope & is the smallest internationally recognized independent state.  It lies to the left of us in the below photo, behind that wall.

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Here's us -- all geared up & ready for our tours
There are no words, pictures or videos I can show to you that will give you the slightest feeling of what we felt & saw while in Vatican City.  These pictures DO NOT do this magical place an ounce of  justice. It's truly something that you need to experience for yourself.

Within the city are these historical sites that we visited: Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, & St. Peter's Basilica.

Sistine Chapel.
No photography or videography is allowed inside of the chapel, so I can't share with you what I saw, but pictures & videos wouldn't compare anyway.  Upon entering the chapel, I immediately got goosebumps; others even got tears in their eyes.   The Sistine Chapel is unlike anything I've ever experienced before, mostly thanks to the amazing talents of Michelangelo.  The painted ceilings at the Sistine Chapel attract nearly 5 million tourists every year; they stand in silence & awe, as they admire the detailed artwork & workmanship.  It really is incredible!  Just knowing that you are standing in the very room where Michelangelo once stood (in the 1500's!!) and where the Popes are elected... it's a feeling I can't describe.


Vatican Museums.
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Filled with artifacts, sculptures, mosaics, paintings, & tapestries that are so beautiful & detailed, you can't believe the talent.  Here's a sampling of what you'll find throughout the museums:

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Do you recognize these guys... from your art history days in college? ;)

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days



Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

The ceilings are so amazing, you'll be looking up the whole time...

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days


Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days



Tapestries with so much fine detail, you'd think they were paintings...

Rome; Vatican Museums | My Darling Days



St. Peter's Basilica & St. Peter's Square.
A massive church of beauty (one of the two largest churches in the world), filled with sculptures & mosaics, and is the burial site of St. Peter himself -- is completely breath-taking!  It's also considered one of the holiest Catholic tributes.

Click here for a neat virtual tour -- it will put everything in perspective.

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days



Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days




Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days



Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days


Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days





Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Basilica | My Darling Days




Looking out, onto St. Peter's Square...

Rome; St. Peter's Square | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Square | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Square | My Darling Days

Rome; St. Peter's Square | My Darling Days

The famed bronze gilded Holy Door -- the northern most door in the Basilica, that according to tradition, is only opened for great celebrations, such as the Jubilee years (aka, it's kind of a big deal... they are currently opened as Pope Francis has declared this year as the Holy Year of Mercy).

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What an amazing experience!

Rome; St. Peter's Square | My Darling Days

Phew!  That was a long post -- I could have shared hundreds of more photos, but these are just the highlights.
I hope you enjoyed that slice of Vatican City I was able to share -- if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below & I will try my best to answer them! 


Tips:
*Visit Vatican City with a group tour (that makes a reservation) or pre-purchase your ticket online, otherwise you will waste an entire day of your trip waiting in line, just to get in.  I'm not kidding.

*Visit the Vatican gift store & purchase a (real) rosary made with flower petals, which can be blessed by a priest in St. Peter's Basilica.  It will be a wonderful keepsake & makes an excellent gift!

*Plan to wear garments that cover your shoulders & knees while in Vatican City.

Winter Walk in the Woods

Not everyone is over winter...  Miss Grace LOVES the snow.

Grace; snow fun | My Darling Days Blog

Grace; snow fun | My Darling Days Blog

Grace; snow fun | My Darling Days Blog

Grace; snow fun | My Darling Days Blog

Grace; snow fun | My Darling Days Blog

Her most favorite thing, aside from drinking water straight from the hose, is going for a walk in the snow-covered woods.  The rabbit, turkey, & deer trails have her senses on overload, and she is happy as a clam to explore new-to-her turf.

Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog

Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog

She always stays close to Zac, while he checks his trail cameras.  Which I think is adorable.



I gotta say, winter woods walking is kinda of my favorite, too :)

Sorel boots | Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog




Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog

Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog

No matter how many times we walk these trails, there's always something new to see...

Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog

Winter walk in the woods | My Darling Days Blog


Gracie turned 12 this month (we think -- we're bad doggy parents for not knowing that); we know she won't be around forever, but these will be some of my fondest memories with her.  Love that pup.




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