First, we went to visit St. Peter's Basilica, which is St. Peter's Basilica is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican
City. Designed principally by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Donato Bramante. When we first arrived we had to go through metal detectors and then cruise on to enter. Every single piece of work was very detailed. When we entered the Basilica it was a little overwhelming and a lot to take in and try to analyze almost everything inside. The emotions looked very realistic, I'm guessing the artists intensions were to create a sense of emotion that the viewers could relate to.

After we toured the Basilica we were on our way to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of the inside of the chapel, but I did take a picture of the sign leading to the chapel which shows proof that I was there. If anybody was able snap a quick picture inside, hopefully I can get a copy :-). So, we went into the Vatican Museum, and we all split up. First we went to see the Egyptian era, which had the carvings in the stone that were hung up on the wall. In the next room was displayed the mummy it self, the person wrapped up and they still had there fingernails and toenails attached. Of course I loved the eyes on the tombs. The next room they had pendants and cat statues. Egyptians worshiped cats and they were a sense of grace and poise and cats were also mummified just like humans were. Next, (forgive me for not having the names of certain areas) we went to a room that was filled with all these head of people with different and certain expressions. Some expressions were serious and others were more tranquil. It was a pretty long walk, so we turned back around shortly to head outside. We walked around, it was pretty toasty out there. From what I can remember, Em and I went into the cistine chapel, which is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. There was a lot of people in there and everybody was looking up of course. Of there was a "don't touch" rule, but Emily and I touched a little piece of the side when we left to say that we went to the Sistine chapel and we touch a corner of it. It was smaller than I imagined, with so much detailed work. I wish we could've examined the work up close and personal, but all you could was try and squint your eyes and capture everything you possibly could. We saw the iconic image of the hand of god giving life to Adam, which was done by Michelangelo. After we toured the museum, we got lunch across the street from the Vatican Museum, which had a pretty tasty sandwiches. I forgot the name of it, but you can't miss it, they also served gelato as well. Later on that day we took the metro to Flaminio (Piazza Del Popolo) where we visited the Church of Santa Maria Del Popolo. Until 3pm we went to the park, which is where everybody had gathered around to take some pictures and explore the park. It was still roasty and toasty, so we all walk, stop, sit, etc. What did me and the girls come across!! A fountain that you could put your feet in and cool off, so we took about 15-20 minutes to recuperate, so during that time, once again we sat, took pictures, talked, and then moseyed on to the Galleria Borghese. Here is where I sketched some of the work from the walls, Caravaggio, which was done by Michelangelo Merisi, Possagno- Antonio Canova, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. After we toured the museum we sat outside and had a little group discussion. We then went to Piazza di Spagna (Spanish steps) and took pictures of the trevi fountain, which is were you can make a wish. We also grabbed something to eat at this place called Bar and then walked around and headed back to the hotel.


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    I am a Senior at Lander University. My major is Visual Arts, Graphic Design emphasis. I am looking forward for more adventures to come in the future.


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