Today was our final full day in Italy, and we spent it in Roma. Taking the early train from Orvieto to Romani Termini (the central train station in Rome), we then hopped a local bus to Vatican City, but could not gain admittance until later in the morning. So we shopped.
Upon entering the Vatican, strict security was employed with lots of paperwork. We survived it, and were led by an English-speaking guide (Tonya), who took us through the hallways filled with sculptures and paintings and mosaics and tapestries. What a wonderful collection of the greatest art pieces in the world!
I’m not even going to try to explain the beauty of Michelangelo’s painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. No pictures were allowed, so just think “heavenly.”
We walked and strolled through the largest cathedral in the world (St. Peter’s of course), and then just stood in the square outside this magnificent structure and sighed in unison.
We are now safely back in Orvieto, and all the students are packing their suitcases and cleaning their rooms. Our bus ride to the Rome airport begins at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). Our ten-hour flight over the ocean will take us to Atlanta’s airport, and after clearing customs, we should be able to board our last flight to Chicago. Hopefully, we will have WLC people to pick us up about 8:30 p.m. (Central time) and take us back to Wisconsin Lutheran College. Anticipating our jet lag, please be understanding. We will be arriving in the circle in front of the college at 5:30 a.m. (Orvieto time).
It has been a pleasure writing to you about Italy. God has blessed our trip in many, many ways, and I am one grateful professor.
My thanks to Dr. Janis Flint-Ferguson and Dr. John Skillen, who have both helped us tremendously while we were in Italia.
Arrivederci from Orvieto!
Dr. Martin Moldenhauer