Weekly wrap : Rome part 2

This is the second post about our Rome vacation. If you missed the first part, check it out here :

Our Rome visit part 1

(grrr, for some reason the update of Word Press does not allow me to include links anymore, I can not figure out why, please bear with me while I figure it out).

I left off on Friday, where we visited one of the highlights of the week : St. Peter’s Basilica.

It opens at 7 a.m. so to avoid the crowds, my daughter and I decided to go early. You can see there are very few people in the street as we approach.

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You first need to go through metal detectors. There were about 20 of them and the process was just as efficient as going through a line at Disney. Much more efficient than the airport. You can tell they are used to managing hordes of people !

We decided to start by visiting the Dome. 551 steps. I thought I was in good physical condition but by the time I got to the top my legs were shaking !

You stop half way up so you can see the inside of the dome …


… and we looked down at a mass. They were swearing in the new Swiss Guard and all of their families were there. You can see the Swiss Guard sitting in the front rows on the left (two rows of red/orange people).


We then went outside to take a winding, narrow stairway to the top. If you are claustrophobic, do not do this! The walls lean in and the hall is narrow.

Once you get to the top there are great views of Vatican city and St. Peter’s square.

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On the way back down you go through the church. I am used to French churches that are old and not necessarily in good condition. The inside of St. Peter’s was immaculate, all in marble and HUGE. Three Notre Dames could fit inside.

You can not get that close to where mass is going on but there is still a lot to see.

Jean Paul’s II’s tomb from afar :


The Baldaquin :


… in addition to numerous statues, sulpture and paintings.

There are security personnel everywhere, and the closest we could get to a Swiss guard was this :


I think the purpose of him being there was so that people can take pictures but the poor guy. Every 5 seconds someone would take their picture with him. My husband thinks him having to do this is some sort of punishment, because his bed was not properly made for example. It was almost a circus effect, so many people wanted their picture taken with him. We felt really sorry for him but took a picture anyway (#sorrybutnotsorry).

Then on the way out you walk through St. Peter’s square and everything is set up, like you see it on tv. The elevated stage where the Pope sits, giant screen TV, hundreds of chairs.

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As with everything in Rome, it is so much better if you get there early and avoid the crowds.

We also took full advantage of the food all week, which included a lot of pizza and gelati  :

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I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Ever been to Rome ? Would you have taken a picture with the Swiss Guard ?


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Comments: 9

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy May 11, 2016 at 11:08 am Reply

    Sadly, I have never even been to Italy. 🙁 Definitely on my list of places to go.

    Those photos are gorgeous. You had such great weather – I’ve only been to Europe in the fall, and let’s just say the weather was spotty.
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  2. Ah the pizza and all the food in Italy is so good! Yes to the picture for sure
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  3. Darlene May 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Drooling over your pics. I would have gone to the top and would have had gelato & pizza EVERYDAY!!!

    Hoping to meet you for dinner on June 24. I took the day off from work and plan to go to the city for the day anyway.
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  4. Karen May 12, 2016 at 3:37 am Reply

    The sights are amazing! I like how you captured the scale of St. Peter’s and the Dome. Amazing…the details are mind boggling to me.
    I probably would taken the pic with the guard lol
    I want pizza now 🙂
    I see Darlene’s comment! Yay, I hope you get to meet up -fun!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 14, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

      The pizza was great. Three times in 5 days ! and gelatii… 5 times in 5 days !

  5. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy May 13, 2016 at 6:43 am Reply

    What a fun trip! I would looooove to go to Rome. That pizza and gelato looks divine! Yum. That security guard’s costume, I mean uniform, is interesting! Ha ha. Poor guy. I can understand why everyone wanted their pictures taken with him!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 14, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply

      Yes, Rome was WONDERFUL. We absolutely loved it. Almost as great as Paris. Almost. 🙂

  6. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin May 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply

    OMG seeing all of this makes me want to go so bad!! And the guard is funny. I think your right it’s got to be punishment. Maybe he got in trouble for taking pictures so his punishment is him having to stand for pictures, lol!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 14, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

      It was funny. Really, the poor guy…

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