Sunday, 13 February 2011
Vatican Tickets and Rugby in Rome
We're in the low season. Rome in February is a curious thing, mosquitoes are making a comeback, weather is improving on the quiet and while the number of tourists in town seems to be set fair, it's actually borderline negligible. It was interesting to note at the weekend that Irish pubs across Rome were almost empty of Irishmen, and two billion of them live here. They were out in force to watch English football's greatest derby (Man U v Man C), and England Rugby's destruction of Italy in the Six Nations at Twickers on Saturday, but no sign of any of them on Sunday bar a token gathering in the Rack and a family affair in the Den. Finnegans was fun as ever, but there were almost as many Lazio fans watching their team win in Brescia as Italians supporting Ireland as they do Celtic, Sinn Fein, ad nauseam. We had the pleasure of meeting a group of rugby fans from Devon in England between two watering holes before the Ireland v France match. They seemed to be more interested in hearing about small group Vatican tours and ticket prices than watch the opposition injure each other for the greater good.