The Vatican is among the most important historical sites in the world. The seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The ... More
The Vatican is among the most important historical sites in the world. The seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican is also the home of the Pope. As the smallest state in the world, the Vatican has figured in key events throughout history. Occupying approximately half a kilometer of Rome, the Vatican is significant because of its fabulous architecture, religious, and artistic treasures. It was Pope Julius II who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the history of creation on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during the 16th century. Among countless other notable events in the history of this important city is the convening of the College of Cardinals, at the death of a reigning Pontiff, for the purposes of electing a new Pope.
Being able to hear the stories and history of not only the buildings, but those that inspired them and those that built them made my faith come alive. From Peter's crucifixion, to his burial, to Constantine rising to power and building the first St. Peter's Basilica, to all the popes through the centuries, the Vatican is truly the City on a Hill. The ability to see Pope Benedict XVI in a Wednesday General Audience was awe-inspiring. Everything from the Swis Guard to their guarding of the gates and the beauty of the Vatican- it keeps you coming back for more.
Check into the Scavi Tour (Vatican Excavations)
Check into the Vatican Gardens Tour (at the Vatican Museums)
Definitely DO THE CUPOLA!
This is an amazing city. At the heart of it is St. Peters Basillica. This is truly the most ornate structure that I have ever seen. As you enter you can not help but feel a difference of atmosphere, whether you are christian or not. The history of the building starts to come to life as you are walking in this fairy tale type church. In another part of the city is the Sistine Chapel. It is defintly worth the short walk to see. It is a sensational building. A frescoe covering the entire front wall also painted by michealangelo is an awe inspiring painting, that is shadowed by of course the famous ceiling. This city is worth the time to go see. If you are able to go around christmas time it adds a whole new realm to it, with its decorations and performances.
Shopping for leather bags & shoes in Milan. Visiting Vatican was my dream come true. Sightseeing the ruins ,fountains & statues were breath-taking. Most of all I enjoyed eating pizza, Italian bread & ice-cream. The Italians reminded me of our Eurasian comunity in Malaysia.
From Saint Peters to the museum, you will enjoy the sights and the history of christianity. From the column where Jesus leaned on to the extraoridnary view from St. Peter's dome, you will not be disappointed. When I first entered St. Peter's Basilica, I fell to my knees and gasped at the beauty of it's architecture and enjoyed every second I was there. Make sure you visit all the side chapels because they are equally beautiful. I recommend two hotels Palazzo Cesi, and Residenza Paolo VI, RPVI has an amazing terrace which overlooks the beautiful statues of the saints. If someone gave me a ticket to return to the Vatican, I would take it in a heartbeat even if I have to fly in the cargo!
We are a kind and small hostel that make you feel like you are staying in a friendï¿½s apartment, with
a nice lounge and shared kitchen so you can make yourself at home!10 minutes walking to the Colosseum and ...
The construction of this palace was financed by the gambling wins of Cardinal Raffaele Riario. The wonderful residence in early
Renaissance style is said to have been designed by Bramante. Interior decorations during the 16th Century were carried out ...
The Roman Forum was designed to be the center of social, political and economic life in the city. The innumerable
remains include the well conserved triumphal arch of Emperor Septimius Severus, with reliefs depicting his victories and the base ...