This is the highlight of the day – we asked Mama what she wanted to do first go to the Vatican Museum or to Saint Peter’s? We heard that on Sundays the museum is actually for free (“,) so we thought maybe we could do this first since it was still relatively early. Mama said no nevertheless, since it is as well a Sunday – then we had to go to church first.
the very popular dome
and the sign that just proves they won’t let you inSaint Peter’s or to the other basillicas if you wear short sleeves/spaghetti straps and shorts or above the knee skirts. We did see a few people being turned down after the very long que to get in.
It took us about 15 or 20 minutes till we could get in. There was a super long line and it was just about 10:00 am- nevertheless we were happy that it wasn’t actually that long. Once inside Mama was so relieved – a sigh of relief indeed!
Just very near the entrance is Michaelangelo’s Pieta — is is covered in glass because it was vandalized a few years ago.
You can go up the dome and have a view of Rome from outside – this we did not do this time. If you look at the picture below you could see the people going around.
We decided to stop here a few minutes.. rest and just be quiet.. just after a few minutes a man told us that there is another mass. Mama said we had to stay here and hear the mass- so we all sat there.. we did not understand anything but just enjoyed the special moment. It was actually very quiet in front.. you would not hear the thousands of people behind wandering in the church.
Next stop is the Vatican Museum.
Unfortunately it was already closed ;( it was almost 2 pm when we got out of the church. That’s it you cannot have everything in one day. We still need to see 2 more Basillicas… San Giovani and San Paulo
Last picture of the Vatican – here you could see the walls and the ever famous panini stand for hungry tourists.