Our home phone plan is Vonage World, which is quite convenient when one has family traveling in Italy as one can call numbers in Italy free of charge. It is also quite convenient for the travelers in Italy who do not have access to the internet (I know! We Americans are soooooo spoiled!), as they need to know train times to Naples, where to pick up their Papal Audience tickets, and where to get the best gelato or espresso in Rome.
Wingnut, Oleander, and Stat Boy's first day in Rome was a bit rough; including a vomiting incident, being locked in an Italian restroom, and a broken camera, but perhaps the most disappointing was they were too late to make it into the Papal Mass for deceased Cardinals. We were told they would not need tickets for this annual Mass, but nevertheless, Saint Peter's Basilica was packed to the gills. It would have been an experience of a lifetime to participate in a Papal High Latin Mass in Rome. Sigh.
It's amazing how much they have already seen in just 4 short days: the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Saint Paul's Basilica, Saint John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, the Forum, the Jewish Ghetto, and the most impressive thus far, ancient catacombs. I wonder if the iPhone's camera will do any of these sites justice? They've raved about cheesecake, espresso, and pizza. It truly sounds like they are having a glorious time.