We’re onto Day 3 of my Rome Diary!
If you missed my previous posts, follow the links below:
- Rome Diary Day 1 – But First, Food! + Fontana di Trevi
- Rome Diary Day 2 pt. 1 – What the Romans Mades + Detail Envy
- Rome Diary Day 2 pt. 2 – Where The Romans Once Were
Otherwise, let’s get started!
Making Our Way To The Bridge and Across
At this point, we were still able to use our Hop-On, Hop-Off 48h bus pass that we had bought the previous day. It’s a good thing that we used this method because although am sure the Metro is convenient, you still need to change lines and be mindful of what stop you’re at. Being on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus keeps your mind off such stress plus you can sight-see on-board in fresh air rather than be trapped in a tunnel! 😛
Here are a few photographs that I took along this bus journey which was about 45 minutes or so:
Angels Watching Over The City
🔺Ponte Sant’Angelo (Saint Angel Bridge)
🔺Castel Sant’Angelo (Saint Angel Castle)
From a young age, I have always had a fascination with angels. I cannot tell you exactly what it is but I find them so endearing in a spiritual way that brings peace to my wellbeing. I like the idea of angels that watch over you and protect you whenever necessary. Perhaps in it, I believe that there is actually a lot of good in the world, which at times, we doubt just through watching the news daily. I always believe that it’s better to believe in something than not at all. What do you believe in?
We got off at the stop right opposite the Ponte Sant’Angelo. As you walk down this bridge, you will immediately come to see Castel Sant’Angelo. As you can imagine, this was a site that I had been looking forward to visiting and it sure didn’t disappoint! 🙂
There are in total about 10 angel statues on the bridge (I think) – each one very different from the other. My favourite is this one shown above on the left, that I had previously shown on my Instagram.
You might even recognise the bridge and the castle if you have seen the film Angels and Demons which is developed from a book by Dan Brown.
Not far from the bar, you can go inside the rooms of the castle, which feature many artefacts from long ago. You can also witness how the rooms were designed before with the wall and ceiling arts; some of which are comparable to that of a church.
Below is just a handful of this experience:
If I remember correctly, the castle has 4 floors but we took a while to figure out how to get up to the 4th floor (the rooftop)! We went round in circles for a bit trying to find it, but later asked a tourist. Finally, we went up a flight of steps that had a sign saying ‘no entry’…typical isn’t it?
A Walk to Vatican City
🔺 Vatican City
After spending a couple of minutes on top of Castel Sant’Angelo, we finally came all the way down and out, embarking on our next destination point: Vatican City. I was excited for this but also cautious because I knew it’d be very busy and demanding, so I was prepared for the worse.
When finally arriving in Vatican City, it was a whole different experience. Rome is very beautiful with its impeccable detail in its art, but somehow this managed to be topped even further in this small state.
The following photographs will really do no justice to the actual place, but here’s my two cents:
Unfortunately, we couldn’t/didn’t go inside anywhere of Vatican City – the queue was immense and just looked impossible. I imagine that if we did queue, it’d be hours until we’d go inside which wouldn’t really give us enough remaining time to look at everything seeing as this was in the afternoon already. (Remember when I said earlier, that I was prepared for the worse?)
I realise that there are ‘skip-the-line’ tickets or perhaps even pre-booked tickets, but I felt like it wasn’t very clear regarding the ticket office or if there were different queues for this (there wasn’t much staff to direct on this front.) Instead, I just saw a whole pile of people in a messy queue. So if you do decide in future to visit Vatican City, I’d advise you to do more research than I did and perhaps pre-book your tickets to ensure entry!
Not dwelling too much on being unable to explore Vatican City, we set off on our next destination. That’s the beauty of traveling: always moving forward.
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