Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rome - Day 3

Day started with a walk to the Pantheon. This was probably one of my favorite areas to walk through as it reminded me of Old San Juan. There are a lot of little stores in the vicinity which were fun to explore.

The Pantheon was bustling with people walking in and out. As mentioned in a prior post, the police and military with their guns were parked near the entrance making sure we were all safe and behaved appropriately. A visit to this area wouldn't be complete without a cappuccino from the nearby La Casa del Cafe. It kept me alert through the afternoon.
In the afternoon we visited the Vatican Museum. One can get lost in the many rooms and corridors in this institution. The highlights of the museum is the Sistine Chapel in which photography is not allowed. It is hard to stop those pesky camera phones from snapping away but they still try hard just like they try to keep people quiet.

When we left the museum, we made one last stop at St. Peter's Square. In the afternoon the place was full of visitors and there was a huge line of people waiting to enter St. Peter's Basilica. By nightfall, the place was empty and access to the basilica was a breeze. The only down side of the night visit was that our feet hurt from walking all day...
Lessons from the day:

  • It is a long walk from St. Peter's Square to the entrance of the Vatican Museum! Plan your time accordingly.
  • avoid the lines at St Peter's Basilica and visit late in the day