We started our journey to Rome by catching a local train from Monaco to Ventimiglia. The train was packed with students on their way to the university in Menton so it was a pretty noisy and boisterous ride. At Ventimiglia we had to change from a French train an Italian train. This train then took us along the Mediterranean first to Genoa and then north to Milan. All the way through to Genoa we had lots of seacoast views with the mountains meeting the seas. Then we traveled through the mountains and saw lots of villages with colorful homes scattered along the mountains. Finally, we got up on the plains leading to Milan and seeming every town had a Renaissance tower peeking above the rooftops.
Our primary objective for our first full day was the Vatican City. We caught the Metro to a stop about ten minutes away from our destintation. About five minutes into the walk we were caught in a torrential downpour. Luckily, we had umbrellas and ponches so we weathered the rain quite well….and the ladies got to watch a Swiss Guard do his guarding in the rain.
The museum was incredible..beyond description and at the same time very tiring on our poor feet and backs. Will post an ablum with the pictures…but unfortunately, they didn’t allow pictures of the Sistene Chappel so you’ll have to read about it. Trust me, no pictures can compare with the reality. The picture below is not the Sistene Chappel, but just one of the beautiful ceilings in the museum.