My time in Rome has officially started! After waiting out the transportation strike, we have finally been able to tour the city a bit more. One of my bucket list items was visiting the Giardino degli Aranci (The Orange Garden). The garden is just high enough to over-look Rome and in the distance you can see St. Peter’s Basilica! I was in the garden just before sundown, so the entire city seemed to have a hazy orange glow over it. It was pretty in a different way. I think I like Italy a lot more in the evenings though. It is cooler, there are less tourists, and you see things in such a different light (Both literally and figuratively!)
A short walk up from the garden is Aventine Hill. On this hill is a simple green door with a small lock on the outside. It honestly looks like nothing special. There is a line of tourists waiting to peek through the keyhole of this door however! Upon peeking through the keyhole, I was able to see St. Peter’s Basilica perfectly in the middle of the opening. It’s the kind of experience that seems rather insignificant in the grand scheme of Rome, but I absolutely loved it! It was simple and off the beaten path and a bit whimsical even! It makes you wonder if the creator of the door/keyhole was intentional about lining the Basilica up perfectly in the background or if it was a happy little coincidence!
On our way to and from the garden and keyhole, I was able to catch a few pictures of the Colosseum from the outside during the sunset times. It is a fascinating structure certainly! I will be back to the Colosseum later in the week, but it is cool to just be able to casually walk by such ancient history while on your way home for the day!
Tomorrow I will be attending mass led by Pope Francis! I am pretty excited to attend mass in Vatican City and I have my rosary ready! After mass is finished, I will hopefully head towards the Spanish steps! I’ll try to keep you all up to date! Thanks for reading!!