Post by Bobby Palladino ’13
June 22, 2012
Today was a very long but exciting day. When we got off of the plane, everyone was hot, tired and cramped while moving through the massive crowd at the airport. However, the relief of an air conditioned bus ride soon had everyone refueled.
We were given some free time to settle into the hotel in Rome during which several of us crossed the street to the supermarket to buy some food and drinks. Our activities began with a visit to St. Peter’s Square, which is in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. We were given time to walk around, get lunch, take photos and relax. The square was much larger than I had expected and was overwhelming at first. All of the architecture and artwork was a lot to take in, especially during our next activity, which was a visit to the Vatican Museum.
Afterwards, we celebrated mass at the Chapel of St. Monica, at the college for the Augustinians, and dinner followed at Sor’eva. The food was outstanding and everyone was so full that not a single person wanted gelato on the way back!
By the time we returned to the hotel, everyone was ready for much needed rest. It was a perfect start to our pilgrimage, and I can’t wait to continue it.