Today, Thursday, we began the day by leaving the hotel and walking to the Vatican Museum in pouring rain. A 10 minute walk from the hotel. By the time we arrived at the museum the group was soaked. Umbrellas don’t seem to do the job in a Rome under thunder storm. The museum day began with a guided museum tour depicting all the “must-see” photo ops, etc. Some of the group who’d been to the museum before opted to be on their own and travel through the museum at their own pace. The tour group ended the guided tour with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter. Lunch on our own (and shopping time). A tour of the Scavi was in the afternoon which began at 2:30. Two groups of 15 people took the most amazing tour of the excavation area that was discovered in the mid 1930’s when the then Pope requested that the underground area be excavated to find the remains of St. Peter. In 1971 it was discovered that the remains of St. Peter had in fact been found (forensic testing, etc). No photos allowed, but this memorable experience truly will follow us forever. The tour ended in the catacombs where the previous Holy Fathers are entombed, which includes Holy Father John Paul II.