Vatican City
Saint Peter's Square

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  • Day21

    St Peter's Basilica

    October 7, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Absolutely stunning, the 2nd building as the first was removed and this one replaced it. Very excited to see Michelangelo Peter. Unfortunately surrounded by glass after an Auatralian went nuts with a hammer. The Altar cover is made of 600 tons of bronze and is designed to draw the eye when you enter. 147 popes are buried here. Well worth a visit buy so crowded as had been closed for 4 days.Read more

  • Day6

    Quick Blick @ Roma (Part 1)

    April 29, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Nach 50 minütiger Fahrt von Neapel bin ich in Rom angekommen. Jetzt noch meine Rücksack los werden und los. Aber leichter gesagt als getan. Vor der Gepäckaufbewahrungsstelle hat es ca. 80 Meter Schlange. Das dauert mir zu lange. Laut Internet gibt es außerhalb des Bahnhof auch einen privaten Storage. Ein Block weg und halb so teuer. Eine gute Entscheidung, denn es gibt hier keine Schlange.

    Und los geht es. Mit der Metro zum Petersdom. Von dort will ich mich über die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten zum Hauptbahnhof zurück arbeiten.

    Ich hatte nicht erwartet in den Petersdom hinein zu kommen. Vielleicht hat mir der Regen geholfen. Die Schlange ist ca. 100 Meter lang, aber es geht ziemlich zügig. Jedes anstehen im Europapark ist schlimmer. Nach ca. 25 Minuten bin ich dann im Dom.

    Weiter über den Petersplatz, die Engelsburg, die spanische Treppe, den Trevi Brunnen zum Pantheon. Hier mache ich eine kleine Pause und gönne mir nochmal Bruschetta und Tagliatelle.
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  • Day106

    Rom - Vatikan & Spanische Treppe

    April 21, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nach dem Pantheon hatten wir einen kurzen Besuch im Vatikan, haben den Petersdom aber nicht betreten. Unmengen an Menschen und eine Wartezeit von ehrlichen 2h waren uns dann doch etwas zu viel. 🤣

    Die Spanische Treppe dürfte natürlich an unserem Rom-Tag auch nicht fehlen. 😀

  • Oct4

    The Vatican

    October 4, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today we explored The Vatican.

    It was packed! So many groups, so we had to move very slowly. Also unfortunately St Peters basilica was closed :(
    But we spent some time in the St Peters Square, The Sistine Chapel and the Museum.

    We finished the day with some Meatballs and many rounds of Italian beer and Aperol Spritz.

    Tomorrow Venice!
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  • Day5

    Vatican

    December 5, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Kurz vor den vatikanischen Museen verstellten uns offiziell aussehende Uniformierte den Weg mit der Behauptung die Wartezeit betrüge 1 Stunde und boten uns in 5 Minuten entfernten Office Skip-the-line-Tickets. Dabei gab es in Wirklichkeit gar keine Warteschlange! D.h. wenn wir deren Angebot angenommen hätten, hätte es länger gedauert und mindestens 10 € pro Person mehr gekostet!!Read more

  • Day38

    Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vatican

    October 6, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Even though we did a tour of the Vatican Museum and St Peters Basilica, including the climb to the dome last year, we decided to return today for another look. And I’m glad we did. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, it went from sunshine to rain, the hour waiting in line passed quickly and we were back inside The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica.

    This time we had more time to wander about and admire the amazing art work, sculptures, ceilings and floors, and even though the gloomy weather affected the light inside, it was still very special.

    Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, chief among Jesus's Apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome. Saint Peter's tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the Basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period, and there has been a church on this site since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century AD. The present basilica was built between 1506 and 1626.

    We were able to visit the Vatican Grottos this time and while we were unable to take photos, it was a very amazing place to see. Positioned just below the basilica it contains chapels dedicated to various saints, and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated. The monuments to Paul VI (1978) and Pope John Paul II (2005) are also in the grottos.

    It was worth the return visit and the wait.
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  • Day22

    Treasures of the Vatican

    November 26, 2013 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    We started with a 90 minute bus ride from Civitavecchia to Rome. Guide Monica showed us the old fort at Civitavecchia, built by Michaelangelo. We came into Rome via the old Aurelian road to see first the Vatican Museum. Some of the exhibits are exactly as I remember them in 1971. Others, including a new visitors’ reception center, were changed for the Holy Year celebration of 2000. The weather was very cold and windy. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel has been cleaned since I saw it some forty years ago. It is utterly magnificent. Perhaps it was the weather keeping crowds away, but our guide said that in twenty-eight years she has seen the Sistine Chapel as empty as it was for our visit only once before. Next we went into St. Peter’s Basilica. As always, it is so opulently, overwhelmingly beautiful that words fail to describe it. A quick visit through St. Peter’s Square still reveals the obelisk which the Romans stole from the Egyptians. The Vatican keeps it because it stood in the Hippodrome, and was a witness to the martyrdom of St. Peter.Read more

  • Day22

    Lunch at Hotel Bernini

    November 26, 2013 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Our drive to the Hotel Bernini for lunch revealed more information about Roman imperial history, as we drove down the street where Julius Caesar’s birthplace once stood. The hotel was modern, clean, sophisticated and trendy. The meal was superb. A delightful little girl named Sophia was there with her parents, with whom Glenda struck up a relationship. The rooftop garden made an excellent place for photographs of Rome. We walked to the Trevi Fountain and discovered Yum-Yum Style Pizza, a place we must visit again.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Piazza di San Pietro, Petersplatz, Saint Peter's Square, Plaza de San Pedro, Place Saint-Pierre, Petersplassen

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