It was such an awesome and a moving experience, being in this place.
October 1st was a very special day, and even if my husband and I still had jet lag, we tried to wake up early. As I wrote in my previous post, I managed to get our tickets for free, thanks to the trusty guide book that I have been reading for the past few months.
Every Wednesday, the Pope holds Papal Audiences. The tickets are given away for free, but if you are visiting Rome, the line to where you get the tickets from at the Vatican can be long and you can be spending hours waiting in line. Some people buy the service even prior to coming here. I almost gave in to it, and we would have paid $60 each for the service to secure tickets, and we would have gone anyway to claim the tickets ourselves the day before. This was just too much for me, more so because we were still going to do some leg work.
I wrote(snail mail) the Papal Prefecture early September to request two tickets, and gave our temporary address at the Westin Excelsior, Rome. As luck would have it, the response letter was waiting for us upon check in. That same day of our arrival, we went to claim the tickets.
So, if you ever visit Rome and plan to see the Pope, it makes sense to secure your ticket the way I did it. Although, my husband kept telling me not to count on it, I had that hope in my heart that we will get the tickets. It was indeed a pleasant surprise.