Vatican City is not only the smallest city state in the world area wise (110 acres), but also population wise (at roughly 800 citizens). It first gained it’s independence from Italy in 1929. St. Peter’s Basilica and Square were both constructed in the 16th century.
With the days counting down, it’s finally time to become a tourist in Rome. Today’s to do list – the Vatican.
With tourist season almost in full swing, we knew it’d be busy – but not as busy as it was. We initially intended to do everything (St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum), but right after we got off the metro, we saw the line stretching around the block for the museum. So we started off by heading to the Basilica.
After a short line and metal detector check point later, we walked into the Basilica.
The whole Basilica is amazing. We’ve seen cathedrals all over Europe now, and not surprisingly this is absolutely the largest and most intricate. The amount of artwork and the sheer size of the Basilica is hard to comprehend. We probably could have spent the whole day wandering around the cathedral to take in all of paintings, mosaics, and sculptures.
Since the lines for the museum and Chapel were long, we decided to hop in line to climb to the top of the Copula. Some people have said this is the best view of Rome – and they are right. For 5 euros and 551 steps later, you’re standing on top of the Dome with 360 degree views. We picked a perfect day weather wise to see everything!
The whole climb up the Copula took over an hour due to lines on the way up, so we ran out of time to try and wait in line for the museum. Hopefully I can get back there before I leave!
The other guys decided to take the metro back to our apartment, but I decided to walk the 3ish miles along the Tiber River. Beautiful weather and only a few more days in Rome was not going to keep me underground in a metro!
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