I got up around 9 this morning, had the bread based hostel breakfast and started planning my day. I spoke to my hostel mate from Germany, asked if she had gone to the Colosseum yet. My German hostel mate got to Rome a couple days before me, I was going to ask her about lines at the Colosseum, turned out she had not gone yet, we decided to go together. Then our plans changed, we decided to try to see the Vatican, I went online to book the tickets, there was a time slot open for today. I booked the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tickets for 12:30 pm.
We left the hostel around 10:30 am and walked to Vatican City, less than 10 minutes from our hostel. It is hard to believe, tiny Vatican city, is an independent state, in the middle of Rome. We walked through the passageway, left Rome, arriving in Vatican city. A few more steps and we were in the crowd in St. Peter's square, my hostel mate said the other two days, there was no crowd, there were long lines to go into St. Peter's Basilica, at least a 2 hour wait, but the square was not crowded.
Today was the papal audience, the pope speaks on Wednesday mornings to worshipers in St. Peter's Square. We had no idea we chose this morning to go to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but I am glad I got to see it. I could not see the Pope, but he was on the projection TVs in the square, I could not understand the pope, he spoke in Latin and other languages I do not speak.
|Lynnae in St. Peter's Square during Papal Audience|
|German Cemetery in Vatican City|
|Lynane in Vatican Museum|
|Castel Sant Angelo|
|Lynnae in front of fountain at Piazza Navona|
|Lynnae outside the Pantheon|
|Lynnae inside the Pantheon|
|Lynnae at Fountain across from Presidential Palace|
|Lynnae at the Spanish Steps|
|Lynnae near boat fountain at bottom of Spanish|
|Lynnae at Piazza del Popolo|
|Lynnae near Monumento a Vittorio Emmanuale II|
|Lynnae at the Vatican after Sunset|
Day 2 in Rome Photo Album