The Vatican, La Spezia Stop-Over, & God-Sent Stone Steps

Hello! We’re into our second week and still truckin’ along πŸ™‚ We left our Rome apartment on Sunday and took a train to La Spezia where we spent the night before getting up the next day and heading to our place in Manarola, Italy, which is in the coastal Cinque Terre region. So here’s a photo recap of our last few days:

We visited the Vatican Saturday, and it was CROWDED! We stood in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line to stand in a line… Brutal.

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I was none too pleased. (Neither was the chica behind me, apparently...)

I was none too pleased. (Neither was the chica behind me, apparently…)

So we resorted to a few fly-by pictures while on our way to the Sistine Chapel...

So we resorted to a few fly-by pictures while on our way to the Sistine Chapel…

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Halls of tapestries πŸ˜€

Here's a good one of Boyfriend in the Rotunda - sort of like a mini Panthneon inside the Vatican museum

Here’s a good one of Boyfriend in the Rotunda – sort of like a mini Panthneon inside the Vatican museum.

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside the Sistine Chapel (though, plenty of people disobeyed, I wasn’t one of them – no way I was about to go against the rules while staring at Michaelangelo’s Judgement Day painting!) Nevertheless, we made it! It was cool, but I have to admit, itΒ didn’tΒ knock my socks off. Both Connor and I said we were glad we endured the lines and stuck with it, but we’ll never do it again, and I’m not sure I’d actually recommend others do it. The lines and crowds were just awful.

Shortly after, we high-tailed it outta Vatican City to begin our city adventures for the evening πŸ™‚

Checkin' out little alley-way Roman streets (I believe, we're in search of our second bottle of wine to take to a park here)

Checkin’ out a little alley-way Roman streets (I believe, we’re in search of a bottle of wine to take to a park here)

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Made it to Trevi Fountain!

It was cold, drizzly, and crowded, so I kept a healthy distance away from the actual fountain...

It was cold, drizzly, and crowded, so I kept a healthy distance away from the actual fountain…

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Then we ducked into an Irish pub for a bathroom break… And a couple beers and a game of Cribbage πŸ™‚

Then we found the Colosseum!

Then we found the Colosseum!

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We ended our Sat. night back at the little Italian wine bar we found the other night and had an excellent dinner!

We ended our Sat. night back at the little Italian wine bar we found the other night and had an excellent dinner!

Sunday we got up and made our way to La Spezia, which was our stop-over before heading to Cinque Terre.

Not too shabby :)

Not too shabby πŸ™‚

Another terrace!

Another terrace!

We took a walk and found their streets lined with orange trees :)

We took a walk and found their streets lined with orange trees πŸ™‚

It was a quick stay in La Spezia. Monday morning I got up and took a couple mile jog and then we checked out and trained it to Manarola.

Ta-da! Our terrace in Manarola :)

Ta-da! Our terrace in Manarola πŸ™‚

Then we went for paninis for lunch.

Then we went for paninis for lunch.

 

And a few glasses of wine :)

And a few glasses of wine πŸ™‚

It was still only about 3pm, so we decided to try out a bit of hiking. We plain didn’t know what we were getting into. 3 hours later, we finally made it to the next town – Corniglia. It was not an easy feat!

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Great views, though!

Great views, though!

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We conquered the Ascent!

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Silly us – we still had about 1.5 hours of downhill hiking to go…

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You know it’s tough when you consider it to be a God-send to come upon crudely thrown together stone steps…

But we made it! Our legs were a-shakin’ by the time we finished and took our first steps onto the paved road in Corniglia. We rounded out our evening with a beer-stop in one of the Corniglia piazzas, a train ride back to Manarola (no hiking back for this duo!), and a nice dinner of Italian take-out pesto pizza πŸ™‚

That’s all for now, I think we’re gonna head out shortly in search of lunch and maybe attempt a hike between the last 2 cities in Cinque Terre – from Vennazza to Monterosso. Hopefully we fare better today than yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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