Dome of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

This was just awesome. Looking up into the dome of the massive St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. I felt you could get lost in the detail of this ceiling and the picture belies the sheer size of it.

You can go up into the dome (550 steps) and walk around the circumference. Huge number of people there too and no tripods allowed so this was shot hand held (hard to do when pointing straight up).

The second picture below provides some context. At the top of the picture you can just see the writing that runs around the bottom of the dome. The picture itself gives you some idea of how large this church really is. If you look closely, you can see Linda standing right in the middle, waiving at me.



We came here on our first day in Rome. Our hotel was just a short bus-ride from the Vatican. Figuring out how the bus system worked took longer than the ride itself. Turns our the buses are a really good way to get around – and inexpensive too. We heard that a subway never really took off in Rome as every time they started digging, they struck some ancient ruin and all work had to stop until it was properly excavated and assessed for its historic value. I can imagine them never getting anywhere that way. So. . . . riding a bus works great!

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