What a packed day! We woke up this morning and a large group of us took the metro to the Vatican for Mass. We walked into St. Peter’s Basilica and were absolutely in awe. The size of the building alone is enough to make anyone thoroughly impressed, but there is also so much art and decoration everywhere. Mass was a great experience for all of us, and there were many other people from around the world celebrating with us. When Mass was over, we went out to St. Peter’s square to hear the pope’s address. It was so cool to see him in person and hear him speak! (If you’d like to read what he said, here is the link: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/angelus/2016/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20160117.html)
When the pope was finished, we took the metro back to the hotel and got some quick lunch before walking to the Colosseum. We met our guide there and heard all about the history of the Roman amphitheatres. When we were finished with our tour, we walked to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. We covered a lot of ground in a very short period of time, but we were very happy to be able to see so much of the city of Rome in just one day. We headed back to the hotel after we were done touring for the day and had the rest of the evening free. We went to dinner in small groups and did some homework together, and the guys were very excited because they were able to find the football game on TV. It is much colder here than it was in Greece, so we are missing our sunny Athens but glad we are not in the subzero weather of Minnesota!