For the first day of my fifth weekend, I traveled to Rome with my roommates after class on an evening train. When getting there, we got ready for dinner and to go to an Ice lounge. Where we had dinner was only a 2 minute walk from the Ice Lounge. For dinner, I was able to try a Moscato wine and fell in love with it! One sad fact, is that moscato is not common in Italy, so for us beginner wine drinkers it is much harder to enjoy wine how Italians do. When getting to the ice lounge and waiting outside you could feel the cold breeze coming from the inside. Inside, the ice lounge it was -5 degrees celsius or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. When we were getting ready to leave, we were huddling like penguins and dancing to get to the exit. Antonio (in the picture on the left) and Sofia (in the picture on the right) questioned what we were doing. After this question, we ended up talking to them and clarifying how the Italian stereotypes are all wrong. After the ice lounge, we did not want to walk 20 minutes back to our airbnb so we decided to scooter back! This was my first time riding a scooter, and I was not expecting it to go 30 miles per hour at top speed.
For the second day in my Rome weekend adventure, we started the day off visiting the Colosseum, Palentine Hill, and the Roman Forum. The colosseum was a beautiful sight to be able to walk through. I was unaware how vast the land is that connects these three attractions. The Roman Forum was interesting because they preserve the original buildings as best they can and have placards explaining what was there. The Palantine Hill had such a beautiful view of the city or Rome. It overlooked the Roman Forum. We also visited the trevi fountain during the day as well as at night. I personally enjoyed it more at night when it was lit up. We also visited the piazza novano. This plaza is home to 3 other famous fountains in Rome: The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana di Nettuno.
On our third and last day, we visited Vatican city. We visited the sistine chapel first. I was most excited for the Sistine Chapel because I wanted to see the creation of Adam painting. We got lucky, because usually St. Peters Basilica is closed on Sundays, but the last Sunday of every month it is open. I was so happy to get the chance to visit this Basilica especially since on Christmas Eve we usually watch the ceremony on TV. Even just walking around St. Peters Square was amazing. Overall, the architecture present in Rome was such a beautiful sight.