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Date: Saturday, August 2, 1958
Place: Rome, Italy
Weather: Hot as usual

What a day! ‘Tis now 3:00 A.M. and just got in after being out with the Rock on a tour of the city. But first the day’s happenings. Left Venice by train at 11:00 A.M. and got into Rome at 8:00 P.M. It was hot – 108° in Rome but we didn’t mind the heat too much – we must be getting used to it. Sue, Judy S., and I had our private compartment on the train – met an Italian who spoke French, un pece, who told me I was very pretty and then woke me up when he was leaving to say good-bye. The best play of the day was made by Sue who got smashed, made out like mad with Peepers, and sat on the floor under the table. It does make life interesting! I feel like the invalid plus, complete with an ear-ache and a blister on the toe. This real cute Italian, who sold ice-cream on the train talked to me in French (I really will be in practice for Christian) and wanted me to write to him – all this after 20 minutes conversation. Good luck!

We are staying in this horrible pension similar to the Rothesay, and after dinner John took Sue and I out on the tour. We went to the Spanish Stairs, and drank out of the fountain there, eating water melon on the way. Then we met these two cute boys from Libya (Africa) Mohamed, and Musa who joined us for ice-tea, and about a million mile walk. My poor toe. Saw St. Peters – just beautiful!!

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps. Image courtesy of Paolo Margari via a Creative Commons license

St. Peter’s Basilica is among the world’s largest churches and is viewed as one of the holiest sites in Catholicism. Located in Vatican City, it is the burial site of St.Peter, considered to be the first Pope and Bishop of Rome. The Basilica was built on top of another church that had been constructed in the 4th century during the time of Emperor Constantine.

The Basilica is a classic example of Renaissance architecture. Construction began in 1506 and continued until 1626, with designers including Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Michelangelo was responsible for designing the dome, the most recognizable feature of the Basilica. Sadly, the artist died before construction was completed.

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