A few photos from Vatican City

St Peter's Basilica in the rain

There were storms the day we were booked to visit the Vatican. Grey sunlight followed by thunderous downpours. The cobblestones were slick with rain and the tourists in the queues were sodden.

Thank everything I had booked us on a tour – our wait in the queue was less than five minutes. Pre-booking was one of the best decisions we made on our trip.

Queue to get into St Peter's.

I love the wind direction things

Ornate lamppost and St Peter's

Caught! in the rain

We'd been to the Capuchin crypt in the morning.
Earlier that day we had been to a Capuchin crypt. They didn’t allow photos inside.

Me & St Peter's. And the crowd

Museo Vaticano

St Peter's in the rain from the Vatican Museum

Laocoön and His Sons
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons is attributed by the Roman author Pliny the Elder to three sculptors from the island of Rhodes: Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus. It shows the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being strangled by sea serpents.

Belvedere Torso
The Belvedere Torso.

Mosaic floor

Diana of Epheseus

Gorgeous ceilings

Gorgeous ceilings

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No photos in the Sistine Chapel.
Craig and I had booked for just the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel but at the end of the tour it turns out the guide can let you in the side entrance to St Peter’s Basilica.
We had decided to not bother, what with the thunder and lightening and queues and all, but this was excellent.

Back entrance to St Peter's Basilica

Back entrance to St Peter's Basilica

Giant babies St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica
It is incredible to think that all the art is mosaic, there’s no paint involved.

St Peter's Basilica

Popes.
List of the popes buried in the Basilica. There are a lot of them.

Michelangelo's Pieta
Michelangelo’s (finished) Pieta.

Me in St Peter's Basilica

Craig in St Peter's Basilica

Espresso after lunch

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5 comments

  1. Anarya Andir · August 14, 2012

    Breathtaking photos! I’ve never been there but I need to get myself there one day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sarah-Rose · August 14, 2012

      Thank you! And definitely, it is just beautiful.

  2. juneau · August 14, 2012

    oooh, I’ve always wanted to go there! The only thing that has kept me so far, is my fear of places that are too touristy. Some day I’ll have to go, though. It looks just amazing.

    • Sarah-Rose · August 14, 2012

      Some places, thankfully, are beautiful enough that the tourists fade into the background.

      • juneau · August 14, 2012

        Absolutely!

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