I’m trying to quick-blog Rome in 250 words a day (or less!). Here’s what we did on day 4, Maundy Thursday.
EARLY morning today. We had tickets to watch the Chrism Mass (Blessing of the Holy Oils) at 9:30, and we were told that we should arrive 2 hours early if we wanted good seats. We were pretty close and twice were within 10 feet or so of the Holy Father. Very cool.
We found a gelato place early and shared a Moukkato scoop. I don’t know what a direct translation is, but we decided it must mean “amazingly delicious.” It had chocolate pieces and toffee crumbs in it.
Since every church was closed, we decided to go to a spaghetti restaurant we had spotted yesterday and it was well worth the walk. L’archetto Spaghetteria-Pizzeria really hit the spot. Unfortunately, I’m still sick and can barely taste anything! This is frustrating!
After lunch, we headed to San Crispino, a gelato store that we had scoped out before the trip. We weren’t really impressed: It was expensive for the serving size, and the flavors weren’t out of the world amazing. Good, but not markedly better than the other’s we’ve had.
We headed out to Piazza San Giovani and had no idea what was in store for us. Rob was taking us to a 3400-year-old obelisk, and at first we couldn’t find it. We walked up to the front of the church there, but it looked like people were waiting in line with their tickets ready. Rob suggested that maybe the Pope was going to be there again, but I didn’t think that was it. Probably just some other important person. We headed around back to find the obelisk, and it looked like a famous person was arriving. We found out that the Pope was going to be there–we got to see his processional! Then we went to one last church before we left that area, and it was possibly the best we’ve been to yet. As you walk in the door, you see a rather long staircase in front of you. These are the Holy Stairs. Supposedly, these are the stairs from Pontius Pilate’s home that Jesus walked up. You must climb them on your knees, so we did.
We meandered some more, then decided to head home since neither of us felt too spiffy. Hopefully the extra sleep will help us. Buono notte!