But then, you turn a corner and see a cool street like this...
Since we were there during conclave the Sistine Chapel was closed so we decided to enter into St Peters Basilica. We used Risk Steve's audio Tour and Rick lead the way.
This is the walkway right before you enter inside St. Peter's Basilica
Catholics believe your sins are forgiven if you walk through these doors. They only open them every 25 years.
St Peter Basilica is one of the largest Churches in Christendom. It's designed by Michelangelo and was completed by Bernini. The dome itself was over 200 yards high! Everything was beautifully and elaborately decorated.This site is where Peter is buried and also the site where he was crucified upside down. It's hard to describe how beautiful it was. The tour lasted an hour and we ended up being able to go under the Basilica into the catacombs, where most of the Popes are buried. We even saw some Popes on display (they just looked like wax). Porter did very well, but after about an hour he was ready to leave.
After Saint Peters Basilica we decided to stop at the most famous restaurant in the world. We enjoyed our Big Macs on the way to church. The members were very kind, and one couple even invited us to their home for lunch. We decided to go back to the hotel and take a nap instead, which is what we all really needed.
This was Scott's favorite. He kept commenting on how you could see the indent in the skin. How amazing to make this art from a slab of marble...
There is also a picture gallery downstairs. My favorite is the Raphael painting of Mary mourning the death of Christ.
The two and a half hour trip turned into a five and a half hour trip.
We also saw the bakery that had grain grinders that were pushed by slaves, and a brick oven that looked like the one that we had at our restaurant last night.
Florence has been the prettiest city that we've seen so far. It's where Michelangelo and other famous artist are from. The majority of the city is pedestrian only, so you can only get there by taxis and buses that have access.
We made our way to Ponte Vecchio, which is this amazing bridge over the river that is covered in jewelry shops.
We also were able to see the Arch of Constantine, that celebrated the Romans taking on Christianity as their religion. We then walked to the Circus Maximus, which was the out door arena that the chariot races were held.