We were up early again and out the door into the rain.
The kids we pretty excited to discover that the fountain in our courtyard had fish!
And off we went! The kids were not bothered at all by the rain. It was a struggle just to get them to keep their jackets on!
I totally failed to get the whole fountain in a picture, so you will have to trust me that it is massive and really amazing. It’s also really crowded and well patrolled as we discovered when Patrick tried to climb the side. I swear we only looked away for a second… Anyway once we had gotten in trouble we hightailed it outa there!
Towards the Pantheon! With some puddle jumping along the way.
David was so excited to see the Pantheon in the rain. Every time he has been there before it hasn’t been raining and one of the unique things about the Pantheon is the hole in the middle of the dome. When it rains, a waterfall is created in the middle of the church. Well it was definitely raining when we got there and the effect inside was spectacular. I didn’t take any pictures inside, partly because it was crowded and most of my focus was on keeping an eye on the kids behavior. Both were excellently well behaved and Patrick actually asked some pretty good questions.
Next up lunch! I never remembered to take pictures before we started eating. Every meal we had was delicious, and of course we had to have a warm beverage afterwards. The kids hot chocolat was thick as pudding and absolutely delicious.
Next the fountain of the Four Rivers. It’s hard to tell from my pictures but it’s massive and really interesting. I think this one often gets skipped by visitors, but it’s well worth the visit. There was almost no one there when we went by.
From there we made the long walk to Saint Peter’s and got in line to go inside. We would have used the same method as at the Coliseum to skip the line but we unfortunately missed the last tour of the day by minutes! Ellie fell asleep in line and actually slept through the whole experience. Patrick waited patiently in line, and it was well worth the wait. The interior is unbelievable, and one of the most astounding things I have ever seen. Services were in progress while we were there, and it just felt a little wrong to take pictures in a place where people were actively worshipping. You all will just have to take my word for how amazing it was, or go see it yourself!
It was dark when we came out, and after a quick stop at the Vatican post office to send a few card we caught a taxi to meet our friends for dinner.
It was an epic day with lots of walking, and by the time we made it back to the hotel we were exhausted. More tomorrow, on our last full day in Rome!