Wednesday, May 31st

Bon giorno!  It is only 5:00 pm here in Rome, but it feels like it has been one long day already.  We started at 8 this morning catching a bus and then 2 metros to get to St. Peter in Chains, which is located not far from the Colosseum.  We were able to see Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses.  Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius to create a huge pyramidal work for Julius' tomb.  However, Michelangelo only got as far as Moses, 2 dying slaves and a few in progress sculptures because Julius decided he wanted Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Ceiling instead.  Then Julius died which left the sculptures without a place to go because he was not finished.  I will put a photo of it in the AP Art tab under Work.  There are also, the actual reason for the church, the chains that supposedly held Peter before he was killed.  The story is that there were 2 pieces of the chains and they were sent to 2 different places.  Then they were eventually brought back together where they miraculously fused together to create one chain.  It is a revered relic of the Catholic Church.  

We then left the church and went to the Colosseum.  I have had the opportunity to see the Colosseum years ago, but it is such a breathtaking building that I think no matter how many times you see it, it still makes you stop. There will be pictures on the AP Art tab as well.  After the Colosseum we walked through the Roman Forum.  It is amazing to walk through the Arch of Titus onto the Sacra Via, the same road that Roman soldiers, emperors and everyday people have walked on for over two thousand years.  There are even places where you can still see the ruts from the wheels that drove on it.  There are so may amazing sites in the forum.  It would be nearly impossible to write about them all.  I did get to see the location that Julius Caesar's body was brought too after he was killed and then cremated.  We ended the visit by climbing to the top of Palatine Hill, where many of the emperors had homes, to overlook the Forum and the city.  It was a spectacular view (with an amazing breeze, which definitely helped since it was 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!)!  

I will say that I am getting a better understanding of the bus and metro systems, so maybe I won't become hopelessly lost in Rome! On our way home we rode the metro to the station that lets off at the Spanish Steps.  Not a bad detour!

Arrivederci!  

Mileage by Andrea: 8.74 miles