Vatican City
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    • Day 27


      June 2, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Heute 11 km

      Ich habe das Ziel erreicht und bin auf dem St. Petersplatz angekommen.
      Und ja, ich gebe es zu: ich hatte Tränen in den Augen! Ein sehr bewegender Moment, wenn du nach 450 km zu Fuss an deinem Ziel ankommst!Read more

    • Day 31

      Vatikan-Museen und Sixtinische Kapelle

      June 6, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Heute so richtig als Tourist an einer Führung teilgenommen!
      Bin begeistert: so eine reiche Kunstsammlung. Der Vatikan hat im Laufe der Zeit so einiges aus altrömischer Zeit gesammelt und auch restauriert!Read more

    • Day 13

      Vatican City tour

      September 16 in Vatican City ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Well today was the day, Beth and I both up early for our tour. Beth cooked us eggs on toast, I made the coffee and then downstairs to catch an uber to the tour office. Of course there were many others there to. You had to be there 25 minutes before the tour started at 10 and we go there at about 9.10 so told to wait outside on the street till 9.35am as there were lots of people getting organised 🤨. BTW whilst waiting this little hawker comes up and said you have to cover your shoulders and knees…. uh oh didn’t notice that on the tour information… and Beth had a sleeveless top and shorts on, I had a skirt just on my knees. Told him I don’t need anything I could pull my skirt down… Beth got stung for 2 scarves at 10 Euro each. I succumbed and bought one too. Not happy at all I tell ya, plus temp was rising and that didn’t help us at all. by 9.30 the temp was 25 and rising. got to 32 today btw
      Finally we could go in and get our pink sticker, and then wait for some more. Lots of waiting in this city…. Off we trot with the tour guide Pascale following his little flag, following along like little chickens behind the mother hen.
      We get into the Vatican entry point and Pascale informs us that although we booked for the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica, the Pope was having a meeting until 1.00pm and we couldn’t see the Basilica so basically they would just extend the museum visit…see where this is going? Not happy…
      Anyway after a bit of delay and waiting and lining up again we get our headsets and off we go, did I tell you there are steps…lots of steps…Beth has a crook knee, my back wasn’t playing the game either so both a bit weary of stairs.
      Lots of beautiful art, the marble is extraordinary, the tapestries and paintings unbelievable. So many photos, so many beautiful things to admire. But I have to say after the first hour, it was becoming rather much same same if ya know what I mean.
      Loved the square, loved the ceilings throughout, they sure liked their baths the popes thats for sure and wouldn’t mind one like it at my place 🤭.
      Finally we get to the Sistine chapel and the guide says the tour ends here, just go on through, sit down and take the time to enjoy the beautiful Leonardo paintings. Well that would of been good, because we no longer had a guide we were pushed through like cows in the cattle yards, prodded at every moment to keep moving. I reckon we had about 2 mins inside before being herded out. Those who still had a guide, were able to stand in the middle and admire the paint works. Throughly disappointed and the review will reflect that when I get a moment to do it.
      so Beth and I have decided we aren’t doing tours together, they are always a bit of a flop!
      But we can tick that off the bucket list. Wish I had seen the Basilica though, dammit!
      Back to the apartment and met up with Kel and Susie, went to lunch and had Spaghetti Cabonara, delish. Home for me to put my feet up and fell asleep for 2.5 hours.
      Easy night at home tonight, got into Netflix and watched a movie together with platter food for dinner.
      Bed time now, its 11.40pm and feeling jaded.
      Tomorrow is our last day in Rome and off to Valencia. Bit of trouble with our onward flights to London later this month, but I will tell you about it next time.
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      Traveler  Awesome enjoy

      Traveler  All sounds amazing Di, few disappoints for you that’s sad, getting there and no seeing everything you wished to see damn it for you. Would have been incredible tho. Very envious of your travels. Love you. 🥰

      Traveler  Wow...what amazing things you've done...xoxo

      Traveler  Loving the wardrobe drapery! But worth it for those lovely mosaics and art!!

    • Day 108

      Rendez vous au Forum de Rome

      June 23, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      Ensuite, nous remontons dans le village de Anguillara, situé à quelques kilomètres de Rome. Ce petit village, dans lequel nous passons 2 nuits, est situé au bord d’un grand lac que l’on apprécie pour s’y rafraîchir !
      Et le petit plus de notre Air B&B à Anguillara c’est le jacuzzi hihi !

      🏺 Nous passons la journée du 23/06 dans la capitale italienne très riche en monuments : on passe à côté du Colisée, du forum romain, du Panthéon, de la fontaine de Trevi et bien d’autres encore, nombre de kilomètres total de la journée : 23km 🏆

      😥 Et c'est au tour de Guillaume de nous quitter après cette escapade romaine.
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      Traveler  Un retour rapide au bercail pour Guillaume 😉


      Traveler  Il repart pour de nouvelles aventures 😌

    • Day 428

      The Vactican Museums

      September 12, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      By Ruby

      Everywhere is decorated with beautiful things. Mosaics cover the floors, the walls are painted with extraordinary works of art and more often than not, so are the ceilings. Sculptures stand in every corner. The Vatican Museums house the biggest collection of art that any of us have every seen and we are delighted to join a guided tour.

      There is an overwhelming amount of statues, mostly Roman. There is a labyrinth of rooms just full to the brim with them, and it’s hard to believe what we’re seeing. I always thought that an intact ancient statue was extremely rare, but now I know where all the long-lost ones are kept!

      We walk through an extremely long hall next. The floor is mosaic and the ceiling is beautifully designed and divided into hundreds of individual works of art. We are in the hall of maps and there are over forty giant frescos on the walls, each one depicting a different part of Italy. The room radiate wealth and power and in my opinion is one of the most stunning rooms in the Vatican, and that’s saying a lot.

      Another impressive room is the hall of tapestries, each one ginormous. They depict the story of Christ and we follow his life walking the length of the hall. One in particular is very striking, and our tour guide stops to explain that it is ‘The massacre of the innocents’ . This scene is rarely portrayed in the story of Christ because of its brutality. The tapestry is very detailed and took years to make. All of the tapestries once lined the walls of the Sistene Chapel, but were removed during Covid.

      We continue on through a maze of rooms covered in paintings by Raphael. We get to see the famous ‘School of Athens’ and learn a bit about it. It features the face of Leonardo da Vinci painted as Plato, pointing his finger at the sky. Michelangelo’s and Raphael’s faces are also to be found in the painting.

      Now it’s time for the highlight of our tour (You may be able to guess it) . . . . The Sistene Chapel! We are herded into the crowded chapel by security guards. Everyone is standing and staring up at the marvel on the ceiling. It seems almost surreal that I am actually seeing ‘The creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. I take a few photos forgetting the no photo rule — don’t tell anyone. We also see ‘The Last Judgment’, which takes up one entire wall!

      And so ends our trip around the Vatican Museums. The tour guide said that if we spent a minute at every piece of art here, we would be here for twelve years. We’re not that dedicated and amazing as it is we’re already quite hungry.
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      Traveler  I’ve just read the last three entries , in my warm and cosy bed and salute the 3 scribes; great variety and all interesting. I wish I had more to read. I’m a glutton for them. Joan


      Traveler  My binding memory is the security guards shouting ‘silence’ in the Sistine chapel and hiding my camera while taking sneaky photos. An amazing place.


      Traveler  😂

    • Day 21

      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

      Traveler  Reminds me a bit of the circular ceiling at the Royal Victoria Arcade in Ryde!!!

    • Day 11

      Rom Tag 2, Vatikan

      September 19, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Heute bin ich sehr viel durch die Gegend gelaufen. Erst ging es zum Trevi-Brunnen, an dem leider gerade gebaut wurde und der dementsprechend ohne Wasser war, dann zum Pantheon und danach in den Vatikan.
      Ich wär auch sehr gerne in den Petersdom gegangen, aber da mir meine Hose nur bis kurz über die Knie ging hätte man mir den Eintritt verweigert. Dafür saß ich dann eine Weile auf dem Petersplatz und habe die wundervolle Architektur gewundert.
      Nach dem Abstecher in mein erstes nicht-EU-Land, habe ich mich dann auf die Suche nach etwas zu Essen gemacht. Da mir die glutenfreien Restaurants alle zu teuer waren, bin ich einfach erstmal in einen Supermarkt gegangen und habe mir Frühstück für morgen geholt. Ganz so dringend hatte ich mein Mittag sowieso noch nicht nötig, denn zum Frühstück gabs um 11:30 Uhr ja ein großes glutenfreies Eis (Oreo und Zitrone).
      Als ich den Einkauf weggebracht hatte, bin ich noch einmal aus meinem Zimmer raus und habe mich in das Restaurant 50 Meter weiter gesetzt. Die Pizza dort war auch relativ gut, aber ist meilenweit von neapolitanischer Pizza entfernt.
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    • Day 233

      Roma & Vaticano

      November 24, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Von meinem letzten Besuch vor sieben Jahren habe ich noch sehr positive Erinnerungen an die italienische Hauptstadt und so nehme ich mir zwei Tage Zeit um sie erneut zu erkunden.
      Vom ersten Moment an bin ich von ihrer erhabenen Schönheit und der schier endlosen Fülle an bedeutenden Orten und Bauwerken aus sämtlichen Epochen fasziniert. Besondere Bewunderung schenke ich den vielen großen Plätzen, deren Ästhetik kaum zu übertreffen ist.
      Aber auch darüber hinaus bietet mir die Stadt wunderschöne und abwechslungsreiche Facetten, die vom riesigen Park der Villa Borghese, über die zahlreichen breiten Prachtstraßen, die antiken Ausgrabungsstätten, der vatikanische Enklave, bis zu den schmalen Gassen mit gemütlichen Geschäften reichen.
      Mit mir sind reichlich andere Touristen unterwegs, aber mit Ausnahme einiger Brennpunkte verteilen sich die Menschenmengen auf ein angenehmes Maß und die Stadt schafft es scheinbar mühelos davon völlig unbeeindruckt zu bleiben.
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    • Day 6

      St Peters Basillica

      May 14, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We had the absolute pleasure of visiting St Peter's Basillica at the Vatican on Saturday. They did not allow photos inside but with everyone disregarding this Emily managed to snap a few photos. This was one of the most beautiful and stunning Basillica's we've seen. After seeing the first floor we went down into the tomb where many popes and saints have been laid to rest. St. Peter's tomb is alleged near the west end of a complex of mausoleums that date between about AD 130 and AD 300.Read more

      Traveler  Incredibly beautiful. thank you for sharing.


      Traveler  No words can describe the beauty of the Basillica... The whole of Rome is magnificent!!! Great pictures Emily...


      Traveler  spellbinding...


      Traveler  this is all so amazing.

    • Day 8

      St. Peter's Basilica

      July 7, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Wow, der größte christliche Dom der Welt! Geniale Architektur und Skulpturen. Alle Bilder sind aus Mosaiksteine 😳 über 500 Treppenstufen ging es hoch hinauf zur Kuppel mit Blick auf die ganze Stadt. 🏙️⛪

      Wow, the biggest christian Basilica in the world! Brilliant architecture and sculptures. All "paintings" are made of mosaic stones 😳 with more than 500 steps I went up to the dome with a view of the whole city. 🏙️⛪
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Vatican City, Vatikanstadt, Ciudad del Vaticano, Vatican, Città del Vaticano, Vatikanas, Ватикан, Vatikanstaden

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