Our guide here was David, and like Lorenzo he kept us hooked with his stories of the Cistine chapel, the Popes & of course, Michangelo.
This tour, however, felt quite rushed. There were crowds pushing in on all sides, and it was impossible to stop and gaze on anything for even a minute. There was so much to see, but we just kept shuffling forward with the tide of humanity squeezed inside those walls.
Whatever we saw though, was breathtaking in its beauty. Whether it was Michelangelo's frescoes in the Cistine chapel, or the Raphael rooms. Even the floor we walked on had centuries of artwork.
And although we were booked for entry into St.Peter's Basilica, we couldn't get in, as the Pope had decided to greet a delegation from Milan there that day, and so access was not granted. By the time we came out into the main square after our tour, the lines to enter could be seen from one end to the other. Again, we gave it a skip.
We then made our way to the Giancolo hill, for a spectacular view of the whole of Rome, passing Castel St.Angelo on our way, and then headed right back down into the heart of the city. We finally found ourselves back in front of the Colosseum at sunset with some pizza slices and a beer in our hands.