Today we are going to the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel. We had to go to the first hotel because they had the least expensive way to buy the fast track pass. Shirley though we should purchase Hop on Hop off bus tickets which we did. We set off to catch the tour bus to go to Vatican City. All went well and the fast pass was really worth it. The lines are tremendous. We went into the Vatican Museum and we were in a line for the Sistine Chapel that wound around inside the museum for an hour. We finally saw the Sistine Chapel!
After the Chapel we walked back to St Mark’s Square to see if we wanted to tour St Peters Basilica. The line was at least a mile long and did not appear to be moving. We opted out of waiting in line for hours and headed to the bus for another stop. Next to do was the Spanish Steps. The bus really can’t drop us close so we walked to the steps and took our pictures then instead of trekking back to the bus we walked to the Trevi Fountain. The fountain is under reconstruction and covered with scaffolding. There we a walkway provided over the empty fountain so that’s what we did. We didn’t see the sign that said not to throw coins from the walkway until after we had thrown them. Now we had to look for the bus stop since we didn’t get off at the Fountain. After much walking we found a stop. Part of the problem was the bus doesn’t stop at some of the scheduled places on Saturday. It worked out and we took the bus to the Colosseum and then walked to the hotel. It was almost 6pm so we walked to the Main Street to get dinner. We stopped at a little restaurant. I had fried olives (they were stuffed with meat) and pasta with eggplant, basil and cheese and Shirley had lasagna. We also met a couple of women from Tennessee. On the way back to the hotel Shirley stopped for a gelato and I stopped at the little cafe down the street from the hotel for a cappuccino and a small pastry. Then we went back to the hotel and sat in the courtyard for a little while before going to the room.