jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 49 [19 Mar 09] – Rome

Posted in Rome by jn82 on March 19, 2009

We started today at the Vatican City, intending to visit the Vatican museum first. However that was closed in the morning, so instead we headed off next door to Basilica di San Pietro. According to Wikipedia, St. Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites and has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world” and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”. In Catholic Tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter.

Exterior of Basilica di San Pietro.

The Vatican Guards.

Interior of Basilica di San Pietro.

Bernini’s “Cathedra Petri” and “Gloria”.

La Pietà di Michelangelo.

After the interior of the basilica, we rode the lift up the equivalent of 120+ stairs, and climbed a further 320 stairs to reach to top of the dome of the basilica, where there was a view of the St. Peter’s Square below, the Vatican City and Rome.

From the top of the dome.

We next headed to Plaza Navona for lunch and to walk around a bit, and then on to the Pantheon (which was closed for a concert so we could not go in!).

Plaza Navona.


The final stop of the day would be to the Trevi fountain, which like the Colosseum, was also closed 10 years ago when I visited for restoration. It was nice to be able to see some of the sights that I missed out on the last visit.

Abount to throw my 0.02€ away.

After two days in Rome, I have come to realised what a touristy place it really is, even now in the winter off season. There are so many tourists all over, similar with Paris. Another thing is the amount of Indian immigrants which are at each of the tourist sites trying to sell stuff to the tourists. They sell all sorts of crap, from cheap souveniers, sunglasses when it is hot, umbrellas when it rains, flimsy tripods, to really wacky items like stress balls and soap balloon bubble guns. Today at the Trevi, there were even around 10 of these guys with polaroid cameras around their necks offering to take photos for tourists. Pretty enterprising bunch of people.

All of today’s photos here.


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  1. gel said, on March 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    hey! i might have a change of plans.. going to italy and greece instead.. so looking at your blog gives me ideas of where to go! thanks!

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