For the first time, however, I stayed at a hotel nearby. Even though I’d seen the Vatican several times during the day, I’d never seen it at night. The impression was striking. The square was dotted with devout tourists who were excited to see the iconic structure. Others were taking pictures of the spraying fountains, the lit Basilica, and the rows of perfectly aligned columns.
The second night of my stay, I went to the Vatican around six p.m., while it was still light, and simply waited for the sky to change from blue to deep blue to marine blue to black. Several photographers had brought tripods to get the desired effect—whoops! Now I know what I need to bring with me the next time around!