On our way out of the basilica and onto a hearty dinner. We came back to the basilica and its museum the next day. Stay tuned!
After being in the audience at the Pope’s weekly address, and getting settled into our Roman apartment, we were ready to explore the Vatican City. Luckily, we were only a stone’s throw away on the other side of the Tiber River.
The amazing view looking out on St. Peter’s Square from the basilica’s front steps.
My boss at the time hooked us up with two young men in the seminary. They were kind enough to give us a personalized (free) tour of the basilica. We were so grateful that we took them to our favorite restaurant from our second day of our honeymoon. (Really, we just wanted some more!)
We were told that outer ring of Latin in the duomo is six feet tall. And the tiny inner circle? Ten feet tall. TEN FEET! Just to compensate for how high it all really is. Also, if the Statue of Liberty had a twin, she could stand on her sister’s shoulders and fit under this duomo. I don’t think the other tourists got that little nugget of info!
Another trivia fact–the statues on the top row are 1.5 times the size as those on the bottom row so they can look the same size. These sculptors thought of everything.
Looking down into the catacombs.
The closest I got to the tomb of St. Peter. The mosaic covering his tomb can be seen at bottom right.
The Swiss Guards were none too pleased when I asked them if I could take a picture with them. You’d think they saw a million tourists a week or something. How can you be a prude with an outfit like that? They haven’t changed in thousands of years, apparently. Makes sense.