Day 4: Testaccio and St. Paul's Outside the Walls
Due to the tiring events of the previous day, and the fact that I had had about 4 hours of sleep in the past 3 days, I decided to take a sleeping pill and thus woke up at like noon this day. Oops. We decided to forgo our plans to visit Ostia Antica and the nearby beach and went ahead with our evening plans, which was to visit the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome. First we visited the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, some rich guy who thought it would be cool to be buried in a pyramid like an Egyptian. This was built into a part of the Aurelian Wall that protected Rome from invasions way back when.
|Crazy beautiful ceiling|
|Gotta love a gory door relief|
|Anonymous dead guy|
|Only 6 more popes until the end of the world???|
|David and I found a nerd store, of course|
Despite taking another sleeping pill, my body decided again that it would not sleep for even one minute all night, so I was not happy when 4am rolled around. We were able make it to Termini on time to catch our train to Florence. We went through the station a little outside of the city center instead of the main one, which will be relevant later. We found an adorable pastry shop to get breakfast and walked the mile into the center of the city.
|Hi, I didn't sleep last night|
|I dunno what these are, but they are everywhere and they are creepy|
|Obviously we had to forced David to pose with David|
|One last look before we leave|
We had planned to go the LDS church here on Sunday, but because of the previous night's events, we all slept in quite late. We decided to go to a beach closer to us instead of one further away like we'd planned, and made it on the metro just in time to join everyone coming home from the big soccer game. It was cold at the beach, but it was nice to relax and watch the waves for a while on a cool black sand beach. We made cacio e pepe, one of my favorite dishes from Rome, at home for dinner.
This day was a holiday in Italy, so lots of things were closed. We decided to take the opportunity to see some churches and outdoor sights. Lots of Romans decided to do this too, of course. We started at San Giovanni's, which is basically Italy's version of St. Peter's Basilica.