While visiting Rome, we made a visit to Vatican, officially the smallest country in the world, located entirely within the city of Rome, Italy. Vatican City’s boundaries are undisputed even though the country is located entirely within the city of Rome. Some of Vatican’s famous places of visit are the St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The state is ruled by The Pope and has a population of 842.
We took metro to St.Peter Basilica Station and walked to the stone wall which is somehow the border line of the Vatican and Rome.
St.Peter Basilica Train Station
We entered Vatican through St. Peter’s Square. From the gate, we were welcomed by Bernini’s Piazza di San Pietro and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Square is huge and can fit thousands of people. If Rome is not as beautiful and clean as what I expected, Vatican is so serene, cleaner and amazed me. I’ve seen the Square in ‘Angels and Demons‘(by Dan Brown) movie, but to be there and saw directly with my own eyes, it was an unforgettable experience.
Aren’t they amazing?
Bernini’s Piazza in St. Peter’s Square
Obelisk at St. Peter’s Square
St Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica, is the most important and the largest church in the world. It is designed by Donato Bramante, the famous artist Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo, renowned sculptor/architect. The enormous dome of St. Peter’s was designed by Michelangelo.
Entering the church, everyone will be wowed by the interiors and the architecture. The place has a lot to offer. Great structures, carving, gold coated pillars and ceilings telling their own stories… No matter you’re a Roman Catholic or not, you will end up admiring them. The most famous monument in the St. Peter’s Basilica is the Michelangelo’s Pietà, a marble sculpture of Mother Mary holding the dead body of her son, Jesus.
Our lunch was late. So we just went into any restaurant nearby and ended up eating pasta (again). My lunch was fettucine with bacon and potato. Looked delicious, but the taste was alright.
Fettucine with Bacon and Potato
We saw this mini van when looking for the place to eat. Obviously, they were selling snacks / italian food too. Panini, Pizza, etc… I like the way they decorated the mini-van, attractive and colourful.