THE Vatican for all of you good Catholics, we got a blessing via satellite from the Pope and everything.
Tram to Termini then bus to Vatican. Pope apparently busy in Spain, so throngs of faithful treated to live Sunday sermon on Jumbotrons at the usual 11:30AM time. Ate an overpriced lunch in the shadow of St. Peter’s (ironic that the only time we felt ripped-off in Europe was adjacent to the Vatican). Then a brief hike to Castel Sant'angelo. Entrance was free this weekend, which was a good thing as we were all unimpressed by what’s left of the emperor Hadrian’s tomb.
Walked beside the Tiber and over to the Spanish Steps. Mobs of people and some steps in quite a nice piazza. More walking to the beautiful Trevi Fountain jammed into a tiny opening swarming with tourists chucking coins over their shoulders.
After a refreshing beverage, walked to the nearby Pantheon. Truly magnificent. An engineering/architectural tour-de-force that survives to this day and is still used by The Church as a basilica. The giant dome and marble decorations are stunning.
After a further long walk, we found a bus to the termini and our tram. Home for an Indian supper (for a change) after which Paul discovered his wallet was missing. As we reconstruct it, it was lifted on the tram home. Rome 1, Paul 0.
Well, have to get busy cancelling credit cards, etc.