Today we began with Mass at the Church Cosmos and Damien.


A tour of Rome followed, including the Roman Forum and and the Coliseum.  Both examples of life in ancient Rome.


The forum was a meeting place, kind of like an open air market.


The coliseum is just a huge sporting arena.  The small rooms in the center of the “field” is where the animals were kept before being brought up by lifts to the floor.  Just a portion of the floor was restored (on the left), but at one time, the whole thing had a floor.

We were then fortunate to have a private tour of the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel.  This was such a special event.  The beauty is endless.  You cannot take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, but we were allowed to!