I spent most of my second day in Rome not in Rome but rather in the sovereign state of the Vatican.
I had booked a tour with Through Eternity to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. I could have braved the museum and St. Peter’s with my travel guide, or with the Vatican’s audio guide, or with another independent tour group, but I am glad that Through Eternity was my guide to the Vatican. The guide was excellent and the tour a plus for me to appreciate a taste of what the Vatican had to offer. The experience was well worth all 59 euros (14 for the entrance, 41 for the tour minus 10% internet discount, 4 for the headphones).
The Raphael Rooms are not to be missed. They were the private apartments of Pope Julius II and he commissioned Raphael and his pupils to decorate them.
The Fire in the Borgo which is in the Room of the Fire in the Borgo (naturally), commemorates the miracle of 847 when Pope Leo IV made a sign of the cross and effectively extinguished a fire. I only took a photo of the detail in the foreground which shows Aeneas carrying his father on his back fleeing from Troy.