A Tour of the Vatican
From Liechtenstein I took the train all the way to Rome, with stops in Zurich and Milan. Italy is kind of a pain for the Eurail pass because they still charge you for reservations, which cost a lot. But after some searching I finally found slow trains that don’t require the reservation.
I’ve never been to Rome, but its so prevalent in pop culture that I felt like I knew it already. When I arrived I checked in it the Retrome Hotel, which turned out to be the nicest hotel I’ve staid at in Europe so far, and was only 5 minutes walk to the Colosseum. In true Rome style my giant room came equipped with a bottle of wine, some grapes, and the makings for espresso. Such an amazing hotel, and they are even going to hook me up in their Barcelona branch when I get there.
On my second day in Rome I decided to take the City Wonders Vatican Tour. I obviously don’t love religion, but their is no denying the immensity and beauty in the epicenter of Catholicism. The tour was about four hours long and led by a knowledgeable guide. The tour was a private, skip the line kind of tour, which is definitely the way to go because when we came out there was a line about a mile long. It didn’t help that the Pope was in town and the place was locked down half the day. Anyways, here are some of the highlights of this sweet tour of the Vatican.