Category: World / March 11, 2013 3:21 PM EDT
Thousands of people from all over the world are flocking to Rome to witness history as the conclave is set to elect a new pope starting March 12. Hotel owners are preparing for a busy time, with many rooms already booked out, with accommodation prices soaring.
Tourists are excited to not only grab a final glimpse at Pope Benedict but to be there when the new pope is elected. But this all comes at a price with hotel prices being a problem for some:
"Yes I just came in last night but the hotel was like twice as expensive compared with the last time I was here so it was harder for me to find a reasonably priced hotel."
Tourist shops and stalls have also been busy with people grabbing souvenirs to mark the religious moment.
Video Courtesy Of Reuters