Another busy day full of walking. We made the hour and ten minute trek to the Vatican. Our hopes were to get to the Vatican museums for free since it was the last Sunday of the month but that plan fell through when the line turned out to go on for blocks. We also got side-tracked because the line for the Vatican itself was basically non-existent because we got there so early. We got right in, walked through and took pictures, and even made it for 10 am Mass inside the Basilica.
After the Vatican and a wonderful outdoor lunch of marinara pizza and of course some more gelato, we made some more church stops on the way back. Faustina was the first one and while Claire stayed for the holy hour, Tim and I headed over to the riverside and went past the Castel Santa Angelo. Another great view from that side. It was pretty picturesque, plenty of people stretched out on the grass, alongside the river, with the bridge reflected onto it, while a few guys played guitar nearby- incredibly relaxing.
We also made it to a few more churches on the way back- Andrea del Valle, Ignatius Loyola, and Campidoglio. We also passed a small area of ruins. It was funny because the entire thing was overtaken by stray cats. They were everywhere! Each little spot you noticed, there was another cat, peeking through some grass or a hole in a stone. Black and gray cats, white ones, orange, striped, fluffy, thin- everything. They totally took over.