The Daily Sketch ITALIA – Norms at the Vatican
Just a hop across Rome’s River Tiber, along the Ponte Sant’ Angelo, is a entirely different city. An entirely different country in fact – Vatican City, home of the Pope, head of the Catholic Church. The Vatican is undoubtedly stunning. The immense Basilica of St Peter, and Bernini’s elaborately colonnaded St. Peter’s Square awes with all of the intended spectacle which is only appropriate for the centre of one of the world’s most prominent religions. The Vatican is home to some of the greatest art collections ever known to man – the Belvedere Torso, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Raphael’s vast School of Athens, as well as the peculiar site of the Vatican’s own troop of security, the puffy-costumed, beret-wearing Swiss Guards. But something our tourist Norms could never have hoped to witness, on their brief visit, was a parade of Pope Norm and the full school of eminent Cardinal Norms themselves. Spectacle never got bigger than this.
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I’ve enjoyed looking at your delightful illustrations and photos of Italy. Thanks for sharing them!
Hey thanks so much for commenting! So glad you enjoyed my take on Italy – I’m just back from Tuscany and Bologna so lots more to come so please come back for more later this week!
I’m not sure if you know, but clicking on your display name takes one to a deleted blog.
Hey Val, no I didn’t know that, thanks for letting me know. Is it when you click on delacybrown or my blog name?
It’s when I click on delacybrown. Here’s how to make your name link to your blog: Dashboard – Users – Personal Settings. Scroll down to Account Details. Fill in the Website field with the URL of your blog and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the ‘save changes’ button.
You’re an angel! Thanks Val, I will try to change those settings now.