Vatican City Things to Do

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Vatican City Things to Do

  • Vatican Museum

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    We chose to book a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, and I'm sure glad we did because I'm not sure I would have known where to begin (and end!) looking at the massive art collection gathered by the popes over the centuries. I booked our tour in advance through the museums' Website, which meant we were able to skip the line to enter the museums....

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  • The Sistine Chapel

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    One thing to avoid is visiting the Sistine Chapel during school holidays. The famous frescoes of Michelangelo are drawing crowds 24/7 and make the walls of this solemn place reverberate with the voices of the multitudes. What surpasses even this unfortunate situation is the times when the future of Europe in the form of schoolchildren are freshly...

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  • The Cupola of St Peter's Basilica

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    You know, some hours after Benedictus XVI announcement to retire, lightning hit the dome and we have all seen these magnificent photos of the event. The same happens occasionally, I was not so lucky (no rain at all) to catch similar. You and me, we both can decide if it was only an random event or was if done to celebrate this holy announcement....

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  • St. Peter's Basilica

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    Monument to pope Pius VII (born into this world in 1742 as Gregorio Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti), who restored the Jesuit Order. In 1809, the French under Napoleon took Pius VII as their prisoner, and sent him into exile in Savona, an Italian seaport on the Ligurian coast.

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  • St. Peters Square ( Piazza San Pietro)

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    If in Rome during January, make a hop over to the Vatican to take a peek at the Vatican nativity display, probably the most elaborate nativity display in the world. During this month the display should still be up, but the crowds will be down. See it in the evening when it is lit up. This is not to be missed and was a big hit with my mainly...

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  • The Pope/Sunday Service

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    Wednesdays are the Pope's audience day, and if you are lucky enough (like me) you might get to see him during one of those days when he appears in public at St Peter's Square. I did get a very good vantage point near the fountain, and what is amazing is not seeing the Pope himself (I'm not Catholic), but the reaction from his "flock." I was...

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  • Sacred Grottoes

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    After visiting the Basilica don't miss the chance to visit the Grottoes where are the tombs of the Popes. Entrance is free of charge and although I had read in my guidebook that the minimum age to enter is 10 or 11 years old, there was nobody guarding the entrance, so, on we went, although our son isn't that old yet. Neverthless, we were...

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  • Vatican Gardens

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    The Vatican Gardens are urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the Vatican territory in the South and Northeast. There are some buildings such as Radio Vatican within the gardens. The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level....

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  • History

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    The Basilica is named after St Peter, who was martyred in Rome in 67 AD. He was one of the two main disciples of Jesus Christ (the other being St Paul) Simon Peter, his real name, was a fisherman from Galilee. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus says of Peter-On this rock (petra in Greek) I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail...

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Vatican City is the capital of a functioning country as well as the home to several hundred people, including the Pope. Just as you can't wander at will through the halls of Buckingham Palace or...

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