This entire business of the Vatican’s 108 acres of land in the middle of Rome being a separate country is all rather mysterious and unusual, don’t you think? Even though our group may have been a bit unclear of what that meant for us exactly, we had no difficulty appreciating the amazing art collection in the Vatican Museum, being awed by Michelangelo’s craft in painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and enjoying the massive, beautiful work of art that is St. Peter’s Basilica. For over four hours, Alexandra led us up and down staircases, through rooms, and over countless door sills, with each move leading us to ever more impressive and unique sights.
Leaving Vatican City and the many folks with whom we (literally) brushed shoulders, we bused some thirty miles into the Apennines to Tivoli. Second-Century Roman emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 A.D.) built a HUGE villa nearby this mountain city which we spent the afternoon exploring.
The day ended grandly as we shared dinner together in a restaurant situated in the Antiche Terme di Diana (ancient baths of Diana). The rooms, walls, and accompaniments were all 2000+ years old, but the food was fresh, tasty and such a treat.
Our leader, Jeff Weima, regularly connects what we’re seeing with New Testaments events and passages which enhances our experiences 100-fold. We look forward to our trip north to Assisi and Florence tomorrow.