Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica

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  • Day37

    Vatican City

    August 7, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Woke up to breakfast in bed delivered by the accommodation.
    Set off for the Vatican City via the Castle of St Angelo.
    We were in awe of what turned out to be the Supreme Court.
    Luck was on our side as we bypassed the huge queue for St Peters Basilica.
    The opulence of the Catholic Church, whilst being stunning, was somewhat stomach churning. However we both enjoyed a quick trip through it before heading to the Sistine ChapelRead more

  • Day51

    Rom von oben

    September 25, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heut ging es in die Kuppel des Petersdoms um einen grandiosen Blick auf Vatikanstadt und Umgebung zu bekommen. Mit Klaustrophobie ist man dort jedoch fehl am Platz. 😖

  • Day122

    The Vatican

    December 31, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Today we took a tour of The Vatican. Got to see some perfectly preserved Greek and Roman statues which was awesome. We also got to go inside the Sistine Chapel and see the amazing Michelangelo painting on the roof, however cameras are not allowed in the chapel, so I don't have any photos. To do finish off, we went inside St. Peter's Basilica and saw the incredible mosaics and staues.Read more

  • Day34

    Vatikanstadt

    September 8, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wohow, das ist sie also die größte katholische Kirche auf der Welt. Nun ja, imposant ist sie in der Tat. Nur ist es Geschmackssache, dass darin auch einbalsamierte Päpste im Glassarg ruhen.

  • Day279

    Rome Day 2 & Vatican City: Country #14!

    April 1, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We took a short video in the Vatican City that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/k-M-0cV_AFw

    Today we explored the streets of Rome. We began by making our way towards the River Tiber, along which Will had found a cycle track when looking on Maps.Me. The river corridor was below road level and was pleasantly green and leafy, with large trees lining the course on many stretches. We came to Isola Tibernia, linked to each river bank by a bridge. The island itself was small and had been commandeered by street sellers as a place to flog their wares. Ponte Fabricio, the bridge that crossed to the far bank was the only one on the Tiber to remain intact without intervention. It was built over 2000 years ago in 62BC!

    Alighting from the bridge we entered the Jewish neighbourhood where we found the the main synagogue and museum. There were a few specialist Jewish shops and sadly, Will noticed 4 golden cobbles set into the road outside a large residential building. We've seen these in many countries. They are inscribed with a name, a date and mark the place from which someone was taken by the Nazi regime.

    Moving on, we came to Piazza Farnese where the French Embassy is protected by gun wielding soldiers. The guide book had extolled the beauty of the two fountains in this square, where water spurted out of lilies in bath tubs. Unfortunately Vicky's had set her expectations high and was a little disappointed by the reality. Never mind, just round the corner was the Campo di Fiori (Field of Flowers) market. We love a good market and so had noted this down as a 'must see'. We'd thought we might have a pastry and drink at one of the cafés but having been spoiled by small town prices, we were put off by the tourist rates. The market itself was entirely oriented towards visitors with prices to match. There was a lot of emphasis on presentation, with products such as rainbow pasta made into bows and dried herbs in gift packs. Even the dried ginger and banana slices we bought were placed into conical sweet bags and tied with a purple ribbon! Instead of a cafe snack, we bought a punnet of strawberries, some fresh pea pods and sat ouselves down at the foot of the central statue to munch and watch the people go by.

    We didn't like to leave Poppy on her own for two long so walked back to the van for lunch. We'd heard a few familiar squawks emitting from the trees but couldn't quite place our fingers on the type of bird until a flock of brilliant green parrots flew overhead!

    For our final trip into the city we took the tandem. We needed to cycle on the roads for a while before reaching the river and its bike track. The traffic was hectic and Vicky's nerves were shot but we probably couldn't have done the journey and the last trip around town on our aching feet. Thankfully we were able to ride to within 500m of our destination before we abandoned the bike and continued on foot.

    We approached what would be the 14th country of our tour; The Vatican City, via a long, wide, straight road thronging with people. We'd brought our passports just in case, but all that was required for us to enter this micro state, was for us to step through the line of low stone bollards into its capital.

    We found ourselves in the breathtaking Piazza San Pietro. Ahead was the basilica and the balcony from where the Pope would address the Catholic world at Easter, just a few weeks away. Wrapping themselves around either side of the piazza were two huge white stone curving colonnades, figuratively and literally welcoming people into the Catholic church. The plinth running along the top of each 'arm' supported statues of popes and other religious figures, made from the same type of gleaming white stone as the pillared structures they rose from.

    We'd planned to visit the basilica but, nearly as long as the colonnades a queue wrapped itself around the square. Will estimated there were over 1000 people waiting so we gave up on that experience and wandered a little way out of the piazza into the residential part of the city. It was normal looking, with apartment blocks and nothing we could see that distinguished it from Rome, the capital city in which this country resided. Returning to the piazza with ice cream we sat and took it all in. Many tourists were milling around but there were also a high number of beggars.

    After a bit we cycled home to rest and digest a very memorable day. Rome, together with the Vatican within it were like no other capital we'd visited and our time here had been full and exciting. We did however feel quite full up with the experience and were ready to move on and find somewhere green to relax.

    The following morning brought the thunderous drum roll of a storm shortly after sunrise. After a while torrential rain peleted the van and we counted ourselves lucky to have visited the city on the two previous fine weather days.
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  • Day2

    Besuch beim Papst

    February 2, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Nach einer kalten Nacht wollte am nächsten Morgen niemand so wirklich aus dem warmen Bett. Um 9 Uhr sollte es losgehen und da in unseren Speiseraum maximal 20 Leute gleichzeitig passten, verlief das Frühstück etappenweise. Als wir danach hinaus in den Regen traten war uns allen klar: Trocken würde heute niemand bleiben.

    Wir liefen zum Bahnhof und drehten zuerst verwirrt ein paar Kreise, bevor wir in die Metro Richtung Petersdom stiegen. Von der Station aus liefen wir durch immer stärker werdenden Regen und unsere Lehrer strichen deswegen glücklicherweise den Besuch beim Deutschen Friedhof. Die Schlange vor dem Petersdom war jedoch ebenfalls im Freien und bis wir es endlich hinein geschafft hatten, waren die meisten bereits komplett durchnässt. Der Petersdom von innen war ein imposanter Anblick, auch wenn der Papst nirgendwo zu sehen war.

    Nachdem wir den Petersdom von innen gesehen hatten, ging es weiter in Richtung Vatikanische Museen und auch hier warteten wir im Freien. Wer bis hier noch trocken geblieben war, wurde spätestens jetzt nass und die Stimmung sank. Im Museum angekommen, pilgerten wir als erstes in die Cafeteria und kauften überteuerte Sandwiches und Kaffee, da wir sonst kein Mittagessen haben würden. Als wir beim anschließenden Besichtigen der Ausstellungen einen Heizlüfter fanden, begannen wir spontan unsere Jacken, Schuhe und Pullover unter den kritischen Blicken der Security zu trocknen. Das Museum selbst war eher Nebensache, den niemand von uns interessierte sich wirklich für unzählige Bilder von Jesus oder alte Mamorstatuen. Erst recht nicht, da wir alle in durchnässten Klamotten steckten.

    Als auch dieser Programmpunkt abgehakt werden konnte, fuhren wir mit der Metro zurück und die meisten stürmten noch einen Supermarkt, um sich mit Wasser und anderen Vorräten einzudecken. Wieder im Hotel angekommen wurde geduscht und geföhnt was das Zeug hielt, um sowohl uns als auch unsere Jacken und Schuhe wieder zu trocknen. Dabei flog in unserem altersschwachen Zimmer gleich zweimal die Sicherung raus, doch das schockierte mittlerweile niemanden mehr.

    Als es Zeit fürs Abendessen wurde, machten wir uns auf den Weg ein Restaurant zu finden und landeten in einem sehr schicken italienischen Restaurant. Die meisten blieben bei der klassischen Pizza und wir waren alle sehr zufrieden mit unserem ersten Essen in Rom. Anschließend ließen wir den Abend gemütlich zusammen in einem der Hotelzimmer ausklingen und Luca reparierte nebenbei noch das Fenster, nachdem er auch schon zum Heizungsfachmann erklärt worden war.
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  • Day28

    St Peter's Basilica + Cupola

    September 23, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The organ was playing in the Basilica during our visit as some visiting clergy were partaking of Mass. The Basilica is awe-inspiring in its scale. A number of colleagues at work had suggested we do the walk up to the Cupola, which we did. Luckily there is a lift to the first level which gives a close up view of the internal ceiling and mosaics of the dome, and then after a lot of twisting and turning on the barely-wide-enough stairs, you pop out at the very top of the dome with 360 degree views of Rome which included a great view over St Peter's Square.Read more

  • Day13

    St. Peter's Basilica

    November 13, 2014 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    There is no way to describe the opulent glory of the artwork and the architecture inside St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, so I won't even try. We spent much of the morning in the Vatican Museum, seeing maps, statues, relics and articles from all over the world--ancient and modern. It all found its way to Rome when this city was the spiritual capital of the world. As Glenda was looking up at Bernini's baldachin, she was bumped hard by a woman. Glenda had already taken about all the rudeness she could, so she bumped her back, glared at the woman and said, "Right here! Right now! Let's settle this." The woman ran away.Read more

  • Day20

    Vatican City

    May 3, 2016 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The day didn’t start as well as we’d hoped. The bus ride into the city was a debacle, but more on that in tomorrow’s post.

    Today’s agenda was the Vatican museum and St Peter’s Basilica. First up was the Vatican museum. We met up with Viv and Kez at the entrance to the museum. Wow. It appears all of Europe had decided to visit the museum the same day. It was packed from wall to wall, so much so that it was uncomfortable.

    We paid extra for audio guides, which turned out to be a complete waste of time because it didn’t line up with the exhibit numbers in the museum. Let’s wing it then. We didn’t know what to expect from the museum. There were lots (I mean LOTS) of sculptures of torsos. Hundreds! Whilst trying to follow the audio guide, we got herded like sheep from room to room, all of which were filled with tour groups with little standing room left.

    Sad to say, we didn’t enjoy this as much as we would, but only because of the crowd. The entire time, we just felt like a molecule of water swishing around in the ocean. This post will not do the museum justice. If you wanted to visit the museum, go really early (and zoom around really quickly before the throngs of tourists come in) or go a couple of hours before closing. I’d hate to think of how much more packed it would be during summer. At least the coffee was cheap.

    Afterwards, we got in a queue to see St Peter’s Basilica. Aaron was not quite as enthusiastic as Flora to be standing in a crowd again but it paid off in the end. We visited the tombs of past popes. The bodies lay in intricate tombs along the crypt corridor. Once we left the crypt, we found ourselves right in the heart of the Basilica, in the middle of a mass. The grandeur of the Basilica winded us. I thought Notre Dame was unbeatable, but I stand corrected.

    St Peter’s Basilica is completely overwhelming. One cannot possibly be unmoved by the beauty and riches inside it. I will leave you to peruse the photos as words cannot do it justice.
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  • Day10

    Vatican Museum

    October 16, 2015 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    As with the Louvre, the artwork is so beautiful and there is so much of it it's overwhelming. I took so many pictures that it would take forever to post them all here. It's hard to select just a few. There was beauty on every square inch of ceiling, wall and floor.

You might also know this place by the following names:

San Pietro del Vaticano, St. Peter's Basilica, San Pedro, Basilique Saint-Pierre, Petersdom, Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Basilica Sancti Petri, Peterskirken, Peterskyrkja

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