Here are some more pictures from the Trastevere Neighborhood. One of the highlights of the day was watching someone making a harp. Oliver had all sorts of questions for the guy!
The wet shirt and hat didn't last long for Oliver in the heat, but at least it helped keep him cool as we walked to the Pantheon. The Pantheon is another one of those buildings in Rome that have a way of connecting you to the past. The architecture of this building is mind blowing.
Owen found it fascinating to learn that Raphael was entombed in the Pantheon. Oliver liked the water fountain with the obelisk as he had another chance to cool off. They both liked the gelato shop...
Last for the day was a glimpse of the Spanish Steps. The steps are currently closed for repair and renovation, but the boys still had fun... playing in the fountain.
With the Sistine Chapel in the morning and touring around Rome in the afternoon, we had one very busy day. It was great to see so much of the city, and I am so proud of how well the dudes do traveling.
St. Peter's was amazing to behold, but it was incredibly crowded. I didn't think it could get much worse, but then we went to the Sistine Chapel. Seriously, the number of people is astounding! But it makes sense why they are all there. The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are worth any crowd.
The walk to get to the Sistine Chapel is long, made longer by the masses of people, but it is well worth it. The pictures above are not from the Sistine Chapel, as photography is strictly forbidden in that room. Nope, these are just along the walk to get there. Everywhere you turn, there is another priceless sculpture, painting, or tapestry. A few of the tapestries really freaked out Oliver, but otherwise I think the boys enjoyed seeing the artwork. Owen couldn't believe that some of the work was a painting because it looked so real.
The Vatican is a sincerely beautiful place, filled with history and art. I would love to go back someday when it is a bit less busy to spend some more time in the museums. Maybe when the boys are a bit older...
The boys really enjoyed learning about the Colosseum as we walked around. They were mystified with the idea that men were set to battle wild animals for other people's enjoyment. The initial look of disgust on their faces is quite the memory! These kids have learned so much about our world on this trip. I am consistently amazed by their responses, thoughts, and ideas.
I think that no matter how many times you see a structure like the Colosseum, you will always be in awe. The history, the engineering, and the sheer magnitude never cease to impress. I could easily visit the Colosseum and the surrounding area again. Simply breathtaking!