The train ride to Rome was dreadful. We sat up during the whole journey (13 hours) to save ₤30 per person. It cost ₤37.50 for a bed on the train. And to make things crappier, we were interrupted many times by customs checking for passports and travel documents and passengers getting off and boarding the train. (train stopped about 6 times before reaching Rome)
Reached the hotel at 10.30am but check in time was at 12noon. Once we checked in, we had a quick lunch of sandwiches, showered and slept till 5.30pm. Popped by the supermarket nearby to buy some food for dinner.
The next day, we went to the Vatican Museum. Reached the museum at 9am and the line was already SUPER long. Imagine 5km of human lining up to get into the Vatican. While queuing up, we bought some gelato from Old Bridge Gelateria. rif and I both loved the eggnog flavour. We queued for 1 and a half hours to get into the museum.
After the Vatican, we had a quick lunch before heading to St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s is the largest church in the world and designed by Michelangelo. Its dome is also the largest dome in the world at 42m in diameter and 138 meters high. St. Peter’s is located in Vatican City, across the Tiber river.
Went to the Colosseum before heading to the Spanish Steps (piazza di Spagna). It was extremely hot that day. Had to endure the heat and watch out for pick-pockets.
After the Spanish Steps, we headed back to the Vatican Museum to get more gelato from Old Bridge.(yes…we are gluttons :p) Went to the supermarket to get some roast chicken and pizza for dinner. We were so tired we went to bed by 10pm. ZzZzzzZzzZZ….