Saturday and Sunday: The Pope, Italian Boy and Girl Scouts and 31,500 Steps. Borghese and Colosseum

Saturday: We saw Pope Francis today, albeit on a large viewing screen, in St Peter's square. He was speaking to thousands of Italian boy and girls scouts. These cute little kids in their blue uniforms and knee-high socks were enthusiastic. And loud 😳! Our tour of the Vatican Museum ended with the Sistine Chapel. Surreal to just stand there in the middle, crane your neck to the ceiling and stare. Breaking the silence was the continual shushing by the Swiss guard security.

Strolled through Piazza Navona on the way to the Vatican and walked across the Tiber. Tomorrow, Sydney will wear socks. The blisters on her feet attest to the record-breaking steps on my Fitbit equating to 14 miles. 

Sunday: Another day that included lots of walking, first to the Borghese Gallery and then to the Colosseum and the Forum. The Borghese was fantastic and we bought a personal guided tour on the spot ... Easily worth 6.50 Euro per person. Guided tour at the Colosseum was a long 3 hours but endlessly fascinating. We were hungry as gladiators after that. Later dinner (that included an Elena Moeller sighting) after walking down the Spanish Steps and then Kristin and I snuck around the corner from the hotel for a spritz and limoncello. Time for sleep.

 Walking to the Vatican

Walking to the Vatican

 I could see this working on 494

I could see this working on 494

 The Ugly American tourist

The Ugly American tourist

 A Raphael

A Raphael

 Sydney contemplating in St Peters square. 

Sydney contemplating in St Peters square. 

 Fancy police uniform

Fancy police uniform

 Bernini's David at the Borghese Gallery

Bernini's David at the Borghese Gallery

 The fam high on the top deck of the Flavia

The fam high on the top deck of the Flavia

 After dinner drinks at Piazza Bernini

After dinner drinks at Piazza Bernini