If you’re visiting the Vatican anytime soon, be prepared for a long wait to get into St. Peter’s basilica.
As the summer season draws near, thousands of pilgrims and tourists are already forming lines that stretch not only right around Bernini’s colonnade but sometimes double back on themselves. Visitors can be waiting up to two hours to enter.
Old Roman hands will tell you it never used to be like this. Just over a decade ago, there were no security barriers, just a cursory check you were carrying no weapons and a quickly moving line.
Now security is naturally tighter, Pope Francis is very popular, and so a longer wait is understandable. But does the line have to be this long?