Outside of St. Peter's.
More interior photos.
We also went donwstairs to explore the crypt where we saw lots of famous tombs, including where the remains of St. Peter are buried. Pretty incredible.
We left the Vatican and had a quick bite to eat at Aristocampo in the Campo. Then, we did a little shopping (Lesley was on a hunt for la befana ornaments). By mid-afternoon, our feet were tired, so we headed home for a rest.
We ate dinner again at Da Vittorio's, where we enjoyed a traditional Roman New Year's feast. (I tried to take photos, but the lighting was so low, I could not get them to come out. Any hints or advice? Other than I need to take a photo class, that is. :) )
After dinner, we did a bit of a passegiato to the Campo and then back to Trastevere.
Josh and I rang in 2011 in Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere with some champagne in plastic cups! The Italians do not seem to have many rules (if any) regarding discharging fireworks, and the city was ablaze with fireworks coming from all directions -- from the sky down to the grounds of the piazzas. It was very festive!
I must say, I am happy to see 2011 arrive. 2010 was a mixed bag -- many great things and a few rough spots. I am optimistic for what 2011 holds. Aren't prime numbers supposed to be lucky?
And so, Happy New Year to all of our friends and family back in the States and abroad! We wish you lots of love and happiness for you and yours in 2011.