Vatican City
Vatican City

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  • Day279

    Rome Day 2 & Vatican City: Country #14!

    April 1, 2017 in Vatican City

    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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  • Day38

    Even though we did a tour of the Vatican Museum and St Peters Basilica, including the climb to the dome above 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 (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), 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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  • Day106

    Rom - Vatikan & Spanische Treppe

    April 21, 2017 in Vatican City

    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. 😀

  • Day24

    Papstaudienz (Einlass & Co.)

    September 26 in Vatican City

    Endlich drin und sitze in der 9. Reihe mit gutem Blick auf das Podium. Die ersten 8 Reihen waren leider reserviert. Jetzt heißt noch ca. zwei Stunden warten. Zum Glück aber kann ich dabei aber sitzen. Und meine Sitznachbarn aus den USA sind auch sehr nett.

    Um 7:00 Uhr war ich an einen der beiden Haupteingängen zum Petersplatz. Ich dachte ich wäre damit früh dran, aber die lange Schlange vor mir sagte mir was anderes. Eine Stunde warten und sich stückchenweise nach vorne tasten. Einen Meter vor dem Eingang wurde dieser dann dicht gemacht und wir zu einem neben Eingang geschleust. Stress, Hektik und schon war ich drin. Dann wieder 20 Minuten warten bis zur nächsten Sicherheitskontrolle. Dann war ich fertig und konnte mit dem gelben Schein direkt bis ganz nach vorne laufen.Read more

  • Day24

    Papstaudienz (Fenito)

    September 26 in Vatican City

    Hat insgesamt bis ca. 11:30 Uhr gedauert. Im Anschluss habe ich mir im Vatikan den letzten Pilgerstempel geben und lassen und mir wurde nach einer Prüfung meines Weges das Testimonium (Pilgerurkunde) ausgestellt.

    Mein linkes Schienbein macht mir immer noch Probleme und lange Strecken werde ich heute nicht laufen können. Aber es gibt ja zum Glück noch andere Fortbewegungsmittel.Read more

  • Day26

    Vatikanstaat

    November 6 in Vatican City

    Wir fahren nach Rom und finden dort einen praktischen City-Campingplatz. Zuerst einmal machen wir einen großen Wasch- und Trockentag, weil endlich die Sonne scheint. Da wir nicht ganz lebensmüde sind, verzichten wir darauf mit dem eigenen Auto oder Rad in die Stadt zu fahren und nutzen die "Öffis". Wir fahren auf einen Abendspaziergang in den Vatikanstaat und schauen uns den Petersplatz und den Dom an. Alles ist riesig, die Atmosphäre sehr angenehm. (Aber auch sehr viel Brimbamborium, da könnte die reiche Kirche mal an ihre "Statuten" denken, n bisschen was verkaufen und dann mal in Kitas und Schulen investieren - meine Meinung).Read more

  • Day15

    Day 12&13

    June 12, 2017 in Vatican City

    Day 12

    Today we went into the Vatican City and into the museum and Sistine chapel which was amazing to see how they did everything by hand especially the paintings

    Day 13

    We slept in and then lazed by the pool all day and then I got sunburnt but only really badly on one side and packed up getting ready for the next stop!!Read more

  • Day37

    Vatican City (VA)

    August 13, 2017 in Vatican City

    The worlds smallest independent international state, a walled off enclave within Rome, and home to approx 800 people.

    Consisting of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Bascilica, and of course St Peter's Square. Michelangelo's artwork adorns the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and took him five years to complete.

    Also climbed the stairs up and into the dome with breathtaking views of Rome from the top.
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  • Day28

    St Peter's Basilica + Cupola

    September 23, 2017 in Vatican City

    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

  • Day28

    Vatican Gardens

    September 23, 2017 in Vatican City

    Today, we continued our mastery of the Roman public transport system and took the Metro to Vatican City. I had booked us in on a tour of the Vatican Gardens, because we could then skip the queues to the Museums + we also got access to the little door at the back right of the Sistene Chapel which gave us access straight into the Basilica (and when we saw that queue, were glad of the opportunity to do so). Do you get the idea that queues are an issue?

    The gardens were lovely but that is to be expected when there are 50 full-time gardeners employed to tend them. There were great views of the dome of the Basilica as you walked through the gardens. They are closed to tourists in the afternoon so that they can be used by the Pope and other residents of Vatican City in the afternoons. On the grounds is the apartment of the former pope, who apparently was in residence when we were there (something to do with windows being open etc).
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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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