We were in Rome from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25.

There was only one thing I had to do in Rome, go to Vatican City. I am not Catholic but I knew that the city would be filled with history and spirit so I went on Saturday, October 24th with seven Architecture students, Suzanne, Melissa, Wil, Kelsey, Corey, Kyra, and Michaela.

I was with Suzanne, Melissa, Wil, Kelsey, and Corey for the majority of the day.

We went through the museum first, which for me, wasn’t what I expected. There was so much going on with the rooms and the number of tour groups with those headsets in! They would all just stop in the middle of the walkway without thinking about others trying to experience the museum as well. We made it through the Sistine Chapel and I was in awe of the detail and the way the museum kept the space flowing with people. We were told not to take photos and to be quiet since it is a sacred space. Both rules were broken often and the staff kept shushing people. I did take a photo, I know rule breaker, of The Creation of Adam and although it’s a little blurry, it was worth it.

We exited the museum and realized that we wanted to go to St. Peter’s Basilica and up to the Dome. Well…in order to do that you had to exit the Sistine Chapel to the right instead of the left like we originally did. So naturally we rushed through the museum the second time around just to exit the correct way.

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Dome was so amazing! I was with Architecture students so they analyzed the use of the space very differently than I did. My focus was on the incredible detail from the floor to the ceiling. I knew we would be going up to the dome so our view would be totally different so I had to capture the altar with Bernini’s baldacchino and through it you can see Bernini’s “Cathedra Petri” and “Gloria.”

Let me be clear about something, going to the Dome is a must in Rome, but, my lungs and my thighs didn’t have the proper preparation for the experience. Now you all might know, I do carry an inhaler and I must say, I was so proud of myself for not having to use it after climbing about 550 steps! You read that correctly. My body felt every step and my fingers are crossed that my ass felt it too!!

Amazing views inside and outside of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Originally published at on November 6, 2015.

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