Since we were staying just down a few blocks, we walked to Saint Peter's arriving above 7 a.m., just after they opened. Security inot most of the sites is fairly easy, general airport rules. Modesty is strict - shoulders and knees must be covered to enter churches,
We explored around the inside of Saint Peter's, much was blocked off by security or by barriers. It was a discouragement, after waiting until a good opportunity to go, to be so far away from the altar, the Pieta, Saint Peter and his lucky foot and more. The details, the artwork, the incredible altar, so much to take in. It is breathtaking, like no where else on earth.
We decide to go top the Dome when it opened at 7:30 and by the time we went to get in line, there was a large line. We opted for the elevator for the first 200 feet, which I have been told is cheating, but the rest of the Dome is challenging enough, on jet lag, so, we didn't feel guilty. Last visit we had 7 of us, Craig had to carry four year old Ceci the whole way up, I have softened in age, including my budget when it comes to this. (sorry Craig)
Ceci hadn't adjusted sleep and eating still and was not feeling well and her leg was shaky coming down from the Dome, so we stopped in the cafe and the gift shop and looked at the statues from top side and the Dome from below until we all felt refreshed and happy. Then we walked to apartment to drop off our gift shop goodies.
We had skip the line tickets for the Vatican museum, so worth it!, just an extra 4 euros, to walk fast past long lines of people waiting out in the heat. Some time, I may desire a Vatican Museum tour, but this visit, as well as our last visit, I just wanted to absorb as much as we could, since there is so much area to travel. We knew some things to look for and unfortunately we missed some areas this time (Raphael rooms), but it worked out because we saw things we missed last time, statue galleries. Some areas weren't open like the manuscript hall.
We stopped for gelato on the way back to the apartment, changing plans along the way. Ceci wanted a nap, Euly and I were still wanting to go, and not let the energy level have a chance to stop, Lilly was happy to keep plowing along as well. Lunch break at the apartment, then off again.
Always have to look up in Rome!
So overwhelmingly beautiful! Fills your soul and your mind with beauty beyond what a camera can capture!
On the way to the Climb to the Dome
|Looking down on the altar|
|Here we go...|