On Wednesday, we went to Vatican City. We went to the museum, St. Peters cathedral, and of course the Sistine Chapel. Both the cathedral, and the paintings in the chapel were amazing. I can't even imagine the time it would take to do something like that. Truly amazing! We spent most of the day there, but saved some time for Castle St. Angelo. After visiting it a few years ago, I just knew D would love it. He did. We explored it and imagined how things would have been so long ago when you were fighting to protect the castle.
Thursday we took the train to Perugia. It was a very long train ride because it was not an express train. However, I think it was worth it. It is a very old city. To get to the center of the old square, you travel through a castle on an escalator. We didn't really do anything there, just wander the old narrow streets, and take a look at the Utruscan Arch, which used to circle the entire city.
Friday we finished our trip with visiting the Borghese Gardens. This is a very large park in the city. We rented a little carriage type bike, and enjoyed riding around looking at the park. We also went to the "birthday cake" or Victor Emmanuel Monument. The tomb of the unknown soldier, and the eternal flame. We took an elevator to the top of the building, and had an amazing view of the entire city. It was fun to point out all the places we had been. This building also has a military museum which D loved, and was featuring an art show that was really fun, modern stuff. We also finished up any souvenir shopping, had gelato a few more times and called it a day.
The whole trip was so much fun. I hope the kids will always remember it, and appreciate the memory.