Two kinds of Masses.....
04.06.2018 70 °F
The Vatican - world’s smallest country with undoubtedly the largest amount of wealth in art and antiquities, with probably the most historical significance for the religious western world and unfortunately with the most people you could possibly crowd into one space (Vatican museums). We were so smug as we met for 7AM breakfast and planned to arrive before 8AM. We actually thought we would be at the front of the line. On the short Metro ride over, we read our Rick Steves guidebook that advised us to avoid the early morning crowds. Shucks. By now I have realized that there is a “Sucker” sign on my forehead that everyone can see except me. That would explain why I am constantly besieged by every tour company hailer from every country on the planet. Long story short, we spent the extra bucks on the “early entry special” to....get this... “avoid the line”. Thus the “sucker” designation.
But...we did get in, we blended with the masses, gasped in wonder at the extravagant art and history, saw things that constantly made you say “How did they do that?” We felt the sorrow of the Pieta, the amazement of the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael room and generally were glad we fought through the day. When we finally emerged from the cavernous St Peters, I had one thing on my mind - Beer!
Rome is a truly amazing city and the Vatican is on par with the Louvre in Paris for it’s ability to suck the energy completely from your body and leave you a worn out, lifeless pile of wonderment.