Day 2 - evening
Immediately after visiting the Castel Sant'Angelo and since the evening was still young, Michel and I decided to pay a visit to the Vatican, to the Vatican City to be more precise, the world’s smallest nation! After all, we were standing right next to it, so why not!
This proved to be an excellent idea because the total area was quite wonderful at night plus it probably wasn’t as crowded as during the day. In a way, I felt privileged to be here and walk on sacred grounds!
We made our way along several cobblestone streets before eventually finding ourselves on the main one that brought us directly to St. Peter’s Basilica. Well, let me tell you that I was blown away by its beauty and grandeur. Huge statues adorned the Vatican structure at the very top of it plus the surrounding buildings. The basilica’s huge dome which by the way was designed by Michelangelo stood magnificently high above it all lighted up.
Having seen so many times pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica, here I was standing right in front of it this evening and seeing for the very first time in person its total beauty! In front of the basilica, two huge fountains where water poured down its marble sides looked amazing with the lights shining on them!
By talking with two Italian policemen sitting in their patrol car nearby, they pointed to me in the direction of the Pope’s quarters! They also provided me with some interesting facts about this small nation of over 550 citizens headed by the Pope and of its sightseeing complex beyond compare.
Michel and I eventually retrieved our steps and left the Vatican City. The sky was pitch dark and a few stars shone high above us. The streets were very deserted but occasionally a few couples would pass right next to us as we continued to walk along the Tiber River.
The same bridges that were seen earlier during the day were seen all over again but this time, they appeared quite different with all of the lights around them reflecting in the calm surface of the river. And no, we didn’t get lost! How could we; all we had to do was walk on the sidewalk along the river way up to the piazza Santa Maria and then just a few blocks way up to our hotel! It was that simple! And no, we didn’t get mugged! Ha, ha, ha!
It was 8:30pm when we arrived at our hotel. I was a bit tired but happy of having seen and done so many wonderful things on our first day here in Rome. Ciao! Monique :-)