There is a particularly intriguing type of busker that we have seen at several of the monuments and today we spot one actually setting up for his act. The act involves a person apparently sitting suspended in mid-air. What is especially odd is the fact that every one we've seen is wearing the exact same outfit and sitting in the exact same pose. Setting up is done under a large black sack so the secret of the illusion is not given away. The performer has a buddy, helping him get into position. So we sit on the edge of the Fontana del Moro and watch the big black sack buckle and sway as though it is filled with cats trying to get out.
The Vatican Palace is as imposing as it appears on TV and in movies. St Peter's Square is so vast that the line of people queuing for three hours plus in the baking sun to enter the Vatican appears insignificant on its landscape. We have absolutely no interest in spending our morning this way and are happy to just take in the external facade of this famous icon.