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City for Christmas, 1999
decided to visit Rome during Christmas 1999. After a quick road
trip to Nuremberg to visit the Weinachtsmarkt, we boarded a plane
for what we hoped would be sunny Mediterranean weather. Although
the sun was shining, it was unusually cold. A storm had blown through
Italy wrecking havoc on the landscape and decided to linger over
Rome for a couple of days. Sheena had found us a great hotel only
a few blocks from the Vatican. The service was friendly and the
room was beautiful, however, they were not prepared for the cold
weather that had hit the city. We kept asking if the heat had been
turned on only to be told that it had, but it would take a while
to get the rooms warm. Two days later, we finally felt the heat!
After settling into our room, we mapped out our path through Rome.
During the holiday season, most of the museums shorten their hours
and reduce the number of days in which they are open. Knowing this
and having taken some time to plan our path, we decided to start
seeing the sights the same day. Rome is an incredible city and can
actually be called a living museum!
Vatican – Day 1 – After checking into the hotel and relaxing for
a while, we decided to tour St. Peters Square and the Cathedral.
It was fairly empty of tourist and was being set up for the Christmas
Day celebration with the Pope. While at the Cathedral, we toured
the Catacombs and saw the tomb of the Apostle Peter. We were able
to take some spectacular photos of the Pope's chair with the sun
streaming into the windows above it. We were amazed at the streams
of light reflecting in the area around the chair. After seeing the
main area, we found the steps to access the top of the dome--most
catherdrals in Europe have steps leading up and out of the dome.
The stairs were an adventure of there own and the view of Rome from
the top was incredible.
evening we took a night tour of the fountains of Rome.
here we are. At the hotel elevator. Only one at a time or