We spent an art- and history-packed morning in the Vatican, a separate country inside the city of Rome.
Our local guide Ioanna used a big touchscreen to prepare us for what we would see in the Sistine Chapel.
This is the canopy over the altar in the Sistine Chapel. The Basilica was being readied for mass. Workers were decorating and we got to hear the choir rehearse!
The Vatican Museum contains four miles of displays, covering a vast amount of art history. Below you can see Laocoon, a priest of Troy who tried to warn people not to bring in the Trojan Horse. The Greek gods sent snakes to punish him and his sons. The sculpture captures the moment when they realize that all hope is lost.
Our “official” farewell dinner was moved a night earlier than usual to avoid the New Year’s Eve crowds. We started with an antipasti of salami, prosciutto, olives, cheese and a compote made with tomatoes and bread.
The entree was chicken roasted with green and yellow peppers.
Last but not least, our dessert was a dense and yummy chocolate cake with a little cream.
Have you ever been inside Vatican City? What did you think?