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Europe » Vatican City November 11th 2006

11 de Novembre Sono le nove e mezzo We are just finishing colazione (breakfast); we are sitting here at the hotel restaurant, drinking not-very-good coffee, waiting for Carrie. Today is "Vatican Day". We'll start with St. Peter’s Basilica, then go to the Vatican museum, visit the Sistine Chapel, and at 2:30 we have a reservation for an archeological tour of the excavation of the necropolis below St. Peter’s. Our hotel is in the Vaticano area, so it is a very short passeggiata. St Peter’s Basilica - -We just completed a visit to the cupola of St Peter’s Basilica. 320 steps (plus many more to get to the rooftop piazza where the counting started) and all well worth it. Just before the 320 step climb began, we had a fabulous view of the interior of the basilica ... read more
View from the top
Inside of the dome
The Swiss Guard

Europe » Vatican City October 23rd 2006

Back in Roma on Monday, 23 Ottobre, we chose to buy tickets for one of the hop on-hop off buses. These are pretty good values as the tickets are good for 24 hours. The plan is to cover everything to San Pietro on the bus and then come back around after to hop off and see the sights missed before the Vatican. We were able to cover a lot of real estate and save our feet. We did a drive by at Circus Maximus, which is now a place for joggers; not a single chariot in sight. Behind it is the other side of the "condo's" overlooking Foro Romano. We first hopped off in the morning at the Vatican, awed by the size of the piazza and St. Peter's Basilica. The line to enter St. Peters ... read more
Circo Massimo due
Basilica di San Pietro
Basilica di San Pietro due

Europe » Vatican City October 4th 2006

Hi all, Yes, yes I am still alive & I am in Scotland. I have been very slack with the computer but I am hoping to make up for it now. I last left you after Venice so now the story continues........ We had a long & boring trip from Venice to Roma. It wasn't the longest in hours but we all kinda got bus - fever & went a little silly. We started throwing things at each other & lauging over the most stupid things. Daz, our bus driver made a couple of extra stops for us that day, he said to keep us from going completely bonkers but me thinks it was more to protect his coach. The others were joining us in Rome so that too might have had something to do with ... read more

Europe » Vatican City September 27th 2006

Continued from last entry: The next day we headed on our long journey to Rome. We didn't go to the hotel first, Louise took us on a tour even though she wasn't allowed to. We saw but didn't go in the Colloseum. We went in the Pantheon and sat on the Spanish Steps. We saw the Trevi Fountain and were supposed to throw three coins in. One for good luck, one to come back to Rome and one for true love. I only threw in two, since I think i've already found true love and partly because I don't want to jinx it. We saw the Italian National Monument that the Italians don't like. We had to get some sleep because we had the whole next day in Rome and had to get up early to ... read more

Europe » Vatican City September 25th 2006

Hey Y'all, Well, today was such a crazy day. I woke up at 6:00 am to get to the Vatican, and the Vatican Museum, and Jessie and I got into St. Peter's with no problem, and no line. We took the elevator up to the top of the Duomo, and then hiked up 320 stairs. I was actually getting quite claustrophobic as we inched our way to the top, because the wall started coming in and the stairs were winding round and round. When we reached the top, we could see out for miles. It was so breathtaking it brought tears to my eyes. As we came down the elevator, we headed under the Cathedral, and I got to view Pope John Paul II grave site. Quite impressive! As we left St. Paul's it looked like ... read more

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Europe » Vatican City September 5th 2006

Because we had heard about the nasty queues at the Vatican, we decided to arrive bright and early on a weekday. Outside the Vatican, we noticed an extremely horrible line for the Vatican Museum and decided that if we had to choose what we saw of the Vatican because of time constraints it would be St. Peter’s Basilica. And as it turns out this was unfortunately the case. We really do not know what we can say about the Vatican other than that we were extremely overwhelmed by it. The architecture and the detail of the entire place were just very impressive. And it is also great to be able to see the heart of the Catholic Church. It is overwhelming to think about that being the place where the Popes are chosen, where they live ... read more
The St. Peter’s Dome from the terrace on the Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica
The Amazingly detailed St. Peter’s Dome Roof

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City August 16th 2006

Oh yes... Vatican! This visit meant a lot to us because of the Pope - John Paul II. We really wanted to see his tomb, he was such a wonderful Man ... and he was Polish! Anyway, we got up very early as wanted to get to Vatican asap (one day out of a week in Rome). Our faces became cheerful the minute we entered Vatican City ! What we saw was absolutely amazing. Actually before we didn't realise how big St. Peter's Square was! When you see it on the TV it seems quite tiny... The queue to the Apostolic Palace was unbelievably long and at the beginning we felt like we were never going to see the official residence of the Pope. Surprisingly it was moving fast, so it took us only about 15 ... read more
view from the Copula
Swiss guards
Vatican

Europe » Vatican City July 27th 2006

We went to see St Peters not to long back and there was one thing I found. It was a lovely building and all that but they would not let you in. The Vatican and St Peters I really wanted to see the Sistine chapel but hey maybe another day. ... read more

Europe » Vatican City July 16th 2006

Well we made it through Florence which was sorta boring. Unless u like a 18 foot high statue with his balls out (sorry Michalangelo). But Rome has been real sweet. Our hostel is within walking distance of everything. We went and checked the Vatican city and St Peters ballsica, Pizza Venezia, Palantine Hill, The Colleseum, The Pantheon, and a bunch of other crazy stuff. Everything is rediculously old. Love it. But the city is basically shut down completely on Sundays so we just realxed today. Went and Saw the Pope do his big speech thing. Sorta wild. The tourists havent bothered me that much here because ive been to busy gawking at the crazy old buildings. Florence on the other hand i was ready to snap. So We re off to Naples in the morning to ... read more
D langelos castle
Pizza Venezia
Rome

Europe » Vatican City July 15th 2006

Due to the nature of today's activities, today's wake up call came at 5.30am and we left our hotel at 7.15am for the Vatican museum, sistine chapel and St. Peter's square and bassilica. We were amazed to find thousands of people queing outside the vatican museum so early in the morning and even though we were in a group, we did not enter the museum until after 9am. We would hate to think how long you would have to que entering via the individual que instead of the que for groups. It really pays to do a tour for this very reason. The vaticum museum was amazing. Beautiful tapestry's, mosaic's, ancient roman statue's and paintings lined the walls. We spent many hours admiring it all under the direction of our tour guide, who was very enthusiastic, ... read more




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