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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 30, 2010
From journal Going to Rome!
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
September 15, 2010
From journal Rome is the 3rd Most Visited City in the EU
by Andrea Niki Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 11, 2010
Radlett, United Kingdom
October 16, 2009
From journal When In Room
Krakow, North Dakota, Poland
December 21, 2006
Well..first of all - if you plan on visiting the Museums - GO EARLY (I mean early, like 7am). When we arrived (in November, mind you) at 8:30 I saw the longest queue ever (and, having lived for 15 in a Communist country, I had my share) - almost half a mile long.
The Saint Peter's is immense - even after you visit some of the Roman basiliques, it's still far, far ahead. That's something you can appreciate if you climb to the top of the dome (better take a lift) - it offers a breathtaking view of the Eternal City.
From journal Long Weekend in Rome
December 20, 2005
The lush lawns and amazing artwork in the Vatican is absolutely breathtaking. I'm Jewish and I still felt a sense of awe while visiting this tiny "country."
Give yourself a lot of time when traveling to the Vatican, because the line to get in is about an hour-long wait, even during the off season. Also, girls must have covered shoulders and cleavage. It was very humid the day we went (of course, it was the middle of June). So I suggest you layer with a light shirt you can take off after you leave the Vatican walls. We first went into the Sistine Chapel. I thought of all the slides I saw in my art history class. They don't do the works any justice. All the pictures you have ever seen are nothing compared to the real thing (unlike the Mona Lisa, which I wasn't too impressed with, but that's another story for another journal).
I didn't feel any religious weight while in the Vatican, but I did feel the weight of history. I thought of all the men who had walked through the courtyard before me and all the decisions that they were making.
There is daily Mass (multiple times a day) held at Saint Peter's Basillica. There is a section off to the side for pews, while the rest of the church is open to tourists. If you are of the Catholic faith, you are free to sit in the pews (prayers in Latin, of course).
From journal First Day in Rome
December 12, 2005
From journal Bella Italia
Oxford, United Kingdom
August 29, 2005
If you want to send postcards home with the Vatican postmark, there is a post box next to the bar on top of St. Peter's.
The Vatican is full of numerous treasures, beautiful artwork, and fabulous architecture that definitely merit a visit.
From journal The Eternal City
July 14, 2005
From journal Italia
Santa Cruz, California
August 11, 2004
From journal To Roma, To Roma...