Our second day in Rome featured a Pope sighting at St Peters Basilica, lessons in confrontation from a friendly Cuban tourist, and excellent cracker thin crust Roman pizza and antipasto.
The morning started off crisp and sunny, so we decided to walk to St Peter’s from our hotel near the Trevi Fountain. It only took us about 20 minutes and we passed so many gorgeous views along the way.
Once we arrived there, we took our place way at the end of the line. It was during this waiting period that we met the Pope! I already wrote about our random Pope sighting here. That was one exciting moment!
After Pope frenzy died down, it was back to waiting in that horrendously long line. However, the closer we got to the front, the more interesting things became. In fact, we got lessons from a friendly Cuban ahead of us in how to fend off unscrupulous tourists trying to cut.
“Are you standing in line?” he shouted to the line cutters
“Yes,” they replied sheepishly smiling.
“Where?” he demanded at them sharply. “Where is your line? Because you are not in OUR line!”
The tourists would bow their heads while ducking OUT of line. I have to admit I used the Cuban’s very own words the next day as I confronted line cutters at the Vatican.
In hindsight, we probably should have just sprung for the fast pass, which lets you skip the line at many major Roman hotspots.
But we figured the lines wouldn’t be so long given the time of year. Silly us!
All that waiting in line and contemplating St Peter’s sure works up an appetite. Afterwards, we headed to the nearest pizzeria where we feasted on delicious antipasto and thin crust pizza.
Okay, two things to say about this meal:
First, how do Italians make vegetables taste SO good?
And second, the pizza I ordered (pictured above) was called “Meat lovers” … can you see there’s only like 8 small balls of sausage on that?