I had an AWESOME Easter last weekend!! I spent it in Rome with Pope Francis. I attended a trip through WSA. WSA is a program designed for study abroad students or backpackers where they host trips throughout the semester in major cities where students generally want to visit. I highly recommend looking into them because it was totally worth it!! I loved every minute of my trip, even when my feet were killing me from walking so much!! (http://www.wsaeurope.com/)
My first day in Rome wasn't too exciting because it was an arrival day. However, throwing the schedule out the window (not really but it was unplanned), our tour guide, Andy, took us to some local churches where they decorate the alters on Holy Thursday for people to come and pray. People normally go from church to church looking at each setup and saying a short prayer.
Our next day was super busy!! We started off our day touring the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. Both were AMAZING!! I have to say I was good and didn't take any pictures while in the chapel. Our tour guide explained the history of the Vatican and explained to us where certain rooms and artifacts came from. She did her best to keep us together but it was hard with the amount of people!
|I loved the artwork everywhere!|
After our tour we got gelato! Yep my first taste of gelato was amazing and messy! I ending up getting it everywhere including all over my jacket! (No worries it came out clean!)
|The Pope is the white on the right under the red tent|
|The Swiss Guard|
|Inside the Basilica!!!|
We then toured the Roman Forum and walked through some back street to get to the Python.
That night we had a huge feast! Two types of pasta, pizza, bruschetta, and dessert! I have to say I was stuffed by the end of the night. We also received our Vatican tickets at dinner!
|We stopped off at the Trevi Fountain on the way!|
|My two AWESOME tour guides and I after dinner|
|Yep I officially have access!|
|Made it to Vatican City!|
|Beginning of mass|
|Pope in the Pope Mobile|
|The Pope giving a blessing after mass|