The Vatican is the seat of the Catholic Church. It is located in Rome but is not part of Rome or of Italy. It is an independent country with the pope as the Sovereign (President). It is the smallest independent state in the world by both population and area. It has its own much sought after postage stamps. it uses the Euro even though it is not part of the EU. Its Euro is minted for the Vatican.
Saint Peter’s Basilica is part of Vatican City and can be entered from Rome through the large piazza. The Vatican museum is entered around the side and is the official entry to the museum. from the museum you can exit back the way you entered or into Saint Peter’s. You can not return to the museum. The Sistine Chapel is the end of the museum tour and is usually very crowded. No photos or talking is allowed here.
Come walk with us through the Vatican Museum in this YouTube VLOG:
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When you plan a trip to Rome, there are certain things you must see. Rome is an ancient city and a modern city of architecture. People have apartments with modern convinces in ancient buildings. The cobble stoned roads make you think of ancient roman with an army of Roman soldiers riding into the city on horseback.
Rome has many museums and attractions as does any big city. The attractions we love are:
- Trevi Fountain – This fountain has been undergoing restoration but is a beautiful work of art. It is not that old by Roman standards. It was constructed in 1732.
- Pantheon – Originally commissioned during reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). The current structure was built 118AD to 128 AD. It is a modern structure with a floating roof like modern sports arenas. They actually built a wooden roof structure then used blocks and cement to create the actual roof. Finally they tore down the wooden structure. It has a hole in the center that is open to the sky.
- Old Roman & Coliseum – The Coliseum was commissioned 70-72 AD. although most of old Rome is ruins, the coliseum is still seen in its full glory. There are stone roads in old Rome that make you fill the Roman legions are marching through. This is what Roman Citizens would see during the Roman period. It is a very unique and interesting place preserved for all time.
- Vatican City & Saint Peters Basilica – Vatican City is a separate country from Italy. It’s president is the Pope and its army is the Swiss Guard. At one end touching upon Rome is Saint Peter’s Basilica. The courtyard is massive and the church is impressive by any standard. You can usually enter any time and see this magnificent structure. The vatican and Sistine Chapel is on the other side behind well guarded walls. You will need a reservation to enter. After you go through the Sistine Chapel, there are two exits: 1) to Saint Peter’s (but you can not return and 2) back to the vatican city.
- Castel Sant’Angelo – Construction began 135 AD. This beautiful castle is just down the street from Saint Peter’s. The bridge nearby leads back over the Tiber River to the main part of Rome. The bridge has beautiful angels on it.
- Villa Borghese – This is a huge park behind the Spanish Steps. It has restaurants, walks, rides for the kids and the Borghese Gallery which is a wonderful museum worth seeing. You will need advance reservations.
- Spanish Steps – Was first opened in 1725. A set of a 135 steps lead up a steep rise in Rome. Climb them to see Trinità dei Monti church at the top. You can then continue into Villa Borghese park.
We started at Trevi Fountain and circled around and ended up at the Spanish Steps. There is much more to see in Rome but we love these sites.
George & Jo Anne
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