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Day 4- Rome Sightseeing and Florence Drive

Rome, Italy and Tuscany, Italy

all seasons in one day 18 °C

Today was our last day in Rome. We woke up too early in the morning (5.30). We then went to St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is where the cardenials voted for the new Pope would go. They would lock them in and burn papers to make black smoke out the chimney. Then they would vote, and once the new pope had been determined, they would turn the black smoke white to show the city they have decided. The Sistine Chapel had many paintings and alfresco painted by Michaelangelo. Michaelangelo was a sculptor, not a painter. He lived in Florence, so when the pope called he said he could come to the Sistine Chapel to do about 40 sculptures. He packed up straightaway and left for Rome. He started every saint and then went back to the first few. Then the Pope told him he wanted him to paint the Sistine Chapel instead. Michelangelo was not happy; he hated painting and he was a sculptor. So all the unfinished works are called the 6 prisoners because it looked like they were people trying to break out of the marble. Michaelangelo decided to get some revenge. The Pope said he would pay for all the equipment. So Michaelangelo took this to his advantage, and bought the most expensive paint ingredients like jewels and emeralds. And lastly, he painted naked people on the wall. This made one of the cardenials really upset, so he complained to the Pope. The Pope didn't like him either, so let Michaelangelo paint them. He was angry with the priest for telling on him, so he drew him in the hell section of the heaven and hell alfresco. The Chapel was packed shoulder to shoulder and you weren't allowed to talk. So, if even 1 person talked, the guards would blow a whistle and yell 'SILENZIO!' After the Chapel, we went to St.Peters Basilica. This is the longest church in the whole world. Inside, there was mandalas and 12ft underneath them were the passed Pope's (you couldn't see them, though!). We then got on the bus for a 3 hour bus drive through the Tuscan countryside. We went through vineyards and olive trees and in nanny's words: "Just beautiful". We then stopped for a be our guest dinner at a thirteenth century villa. Thos villa had been in the family for 9 generations!!! They kept the house the same as it was when they got there, so it was old and medieval. The family grew everything and raised everything thing they ate; from Olive Oil to Chickens from Grapes to zucchini. The food was delicious! It was like a Sunday roast but Italian style. We got back on the bus, and by that time it was dark. Then came a dry lightning storm. The lightning struck over the vineyards so you could see it clearly as we drove through the small medieval towns. We then got to our hotel and fell asleep straightaway. Sorry about not posting photos. We are always on the bus or hustling out the hotel, so we don't have time to upload them and the bus takes really slow to upload them.

Morgan

Posted by Italy17 22:14 Archived in Italy

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