Rome, Italy Day 17

We took a taxi at 7:45 a.m. to the Vatican and had the same driver as we had
to the Villa Borghese!

We had arranged a guide from Context Rome which was spendy but worth every
cent. The guides for Context Rome are scholars, and our guide, Lukas, is an
art history and architecture scholar. He had a gift for teaching us and kept
us engaged and fascinated for over 4½ hours as we toured the Vatican
Museum(s), the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Cathedral. He also piqued
my interest to learn so much more, the sign of a true teacher. He was able
to draw connections between influences and eras that were fascinating.

At St. Peter’s we rubbed St. Peter’s foot which is supposed to
bring good luck! Michelangelo’s powerful Pietà, done at the age
of 24, was so moving.

We had dinner near the Trevi Fountain and around the corner we found a fabulous
gelato place. It is Il Gelato di San Crispino, recommended by the NY Times.
The flavors are very gourmet, delicate, and creative. I had meringue and nocciola
(hazelnuts) which had little pieces of soft meringue cookies in it. This was
a favorite gelato of the trip.

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