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Visiting the Vatican and the Eternal City in your 'golden years'

2013-09-18

Traveling at any age has its challenges and perhaps thats especially true for seniors. But as the saying goes, where theres a will theres a way.    


"Rome is beautiful. There's no denying it, but just like I said before, the city is chaotic, so you have to run, run, run.” 

Despite being in their 70's and 80's these pilgrims came all the way from the Italian town of Mantova to see Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square. This woman may have the physical ailments of a senior, but at age 80, she says she has the energy of a teenager. 

"You forget about everything once you're here. You feel fine. FLASH ! 0100...10 I go on a pilgrimage every year. I've gone to Sicily, France, everywhere really. I've even been to Lourdes twice.” 

"Yes that's true. At our age, I'm 73, you have enough pains to sell. But really it's all about having joy.” 

So after their six hour bus ride, how do they handle Rome's chaos? Everything from pushing through the crowds, to getting lost or perhaps the most feared of all—waiting in line. 

"Once you decide to go, you just go. Even if you have something that hurts, you make a decision and go.”

The group says it's moving along Rome and the Vatican with ease. They got pray and see Pope Francis up close. But even people with energy, have their limits. 

"No, No. I would draw the line at age 100. I think I would be too old to come to Rome then.” 

 As they get ready to head back home, they say it's true that just like fine wine, life gets even better with age


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