A bondafide busy trattoria experience outside Vatican City, and St Peter's Square
15.11.2014 - 15.11.2014
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To get to Vatican City, we took the metro from Barberini station to Ottavianio station. It was a very short journey, and then from the station, we just had to follow the crowd. Before that, we stopped at a trattoria for lunch, good decision as I never saw any food places inside Vatican City.
This trattoria was every bit like the Italian eateries I've heard about - it was a very busy hour, and it took us at least 20 minutes to get someone's attention. I heard that you had to shout in busy Italian restaurants, but we're too shy to do that. Finally a waiter came and sat us at a table outside the trattoria. There are menus in English with special sets for tourists. We picked one that comes with a pizza of our choice and drinks. Then there was more waiting to be done and eventually, we got worried that we'd been forgotten and got up to the entrance of the trattoria to get someone's attention. The waitress who came over to tend to us was a very small and severe-looking middle-aged Italian woman. Honestly I felt a bit intimidated by her stern-looking face, but we got through the order fine. Fortunately, the food didn't take too long to come.
Large cheesy pizzas, 9 euros each with drinks! Really cheap because ala carte pizzas smaller than this are more expensive in Singapore!
Yummy cheesy pizza with mushrooms~ I usually only eat pizzas a quarter of this size, so I really had quite a job finishing this! But it's delicious and so cheap!
Nobody came to give us the bill, so again, we had to go into the trattoria to request for it and get it settled. I swear people dining outside can just walk off with a free meal! But we're good and honest people, and I believe most of their customers are too.
Vatican City is a short walk away and there are walls around it and gates at the entrance. No passport / identification checks are needed. I didn't see the legendary strangely-clad Vatican guards and I was quite disappointed about it. Maybe they're only there when there is Papal audience?
In front of St Peter's basilica and Bernini's colonnade
Lots of people were gathered at the base of the Egyptian Obelisk
There are cculptures above the colonnades. They look pristine and amazingly well-preserved!
Bernini's Colonnade in the background! There was a long queue in front of it and everyone has to pass through security checks. Till this day I'm not too sure what it is for. I'm guessing St Peter's Basilica, but at the time we went, we didn't have to queue to go in. We asked one of the couples in the queue what they were queuing for, and... they actually said they don't know. Wtf! They must be ignorant tourists who are part of a tour group or people who equate long queues to good deals (No we heard the accent, they're not Singaporeans...).
Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the square. it is 25.5 metres tall and originally erected at Heliopolis, Egypt some time between 294 BC to 2345 BC.
St. Peter's Square in the Evening
We took some quick shots of the square in the evening after emerging from the Vatican Museums.
The lights look pretty from afar! Too bad we didn't manage to get a picture of the entire square because it was late by the time we got into St Peter's Basilica and we had no time to climb up to the cupola.
St. Peter's Square at Night
After we came out from St. Peter's Basilica, sure enough, it was very dark.
The columns look like they're lit by flames!
The frontal view of of St Peter's Basilica, though from this angle, the dome of the basilica is not visible. The statue in front is St Peter. St Paul is on the other side but he got cut off (whoops)