Hotel Villa del Parco
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... that point. We had missed the pope unfortunately but it meant it was still very busy there, even in the rain. We had planned to look around the Sistine chapel which was free and then go round into the museum and Basilica which you had to pay for. Well the line into the chapel was really long and people were saying it was about a 2 hour wait to go in and a 1 hour wait to get into the museum.
It was probably not the best day to go, and we decided we ...
... fountain, let alone three. We catch the Hop on Hop of bus and do a lap of a truly historic city where it is hard to believe the age of the buildings, some thousands of years old. We take about 100 photos. We get off at the base of the Vatican with our prepaid tickets in hand and walk closer to the front entrance. We eventually get the right directions after a few false starts. We walk the 2 km around the Vatican walls then past the several hundred people waiting to ...
... at the front. Amongst the black cardinal robes was a man in white, I’m assuming that was the Pope since there were no other white robes up there.
We walk along the river again but this time towards Isola, a little island on the River Tevere. Again its hot and we walk and look at the local houses and schools that line the river on the Vatican side. It’s a little dirtier on this side of the river but not scary ghetto dirty. We get to Isola and its not really ...
... came within inches of making the flight to Rome and was a great example of how noxious weeds can be so readily transported from one country to another.
I had always imagined that Alitalia would have a smart and slick airline. After all, they are a very sophisticated people with a penchant for fine clothing and good food...
Our Alitalia flight attendants however looked like they had been through the wringer. Perhaps they ...
... deemed the "First Pope", along with the tombs of many other pontiffs. It was a solemn and sacred place.
By the early afternoon we were very tired, so we went back to our hotel. We found a neighborhood restaurant for dinner and a little gelato place for dessert (of course), and called it a ...