St.Peter's Basilica (Vatican)

Getting out of Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums through a shortcut, I went into St.Peter's Basilica. As you enter there are 3 doors - a queue to climb the dome. Quite amusingly the queue to get tickets to go to the dome hardly had about 10 people!!! Beside this was the door to go to the Vatican Grottoes which has free entry about which I'll talk about later. The other door was ofcourse the entry into St.Peter's Basilica!!! The original St.Peter's Basilica was built by Emperor Constantine in 318-322 CE. Later in 1506-1626, the present structure was constructed. 

This is where the tombs of the popes are located for general public to see! Apart from various tombs, some other interesting things I saw here were the column basement of the 4th C CE's Constantinian Basilica, also there was the remnants of the original dividing wall built under Pope Paul III. 

Today this place is the most important place in the world for Catholics and this is where the Pope lives! There's a lot of information about St.Peter's Basilica and Square. So here are just some pictures!!!










To Get There:
Nearest Metro Station: Vatican
Entry to Basilica and Grottoes: Free
Ticket to climb dome: €6:00 by stairs; €8.00 by elevator

Timings:
Basilica: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (7:00PM in summers)
Cupola (Dome): 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6:00PM in summers)
Grottoes: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6:00PM in summers)

Here are some tips:
It is not possible to book the Cupola ticket online.
Dress appropriately - no sleeveless and covered till below knee. If not, the security sends you to get a cover-up. Disposable cover-ups are available all over the city (which just looks like disposable surgical gowns made of non-wovens and they just look disgusting!).
The best way to explore Rome is by taking the 1 day transport pass. Though Vatican is a separate nation and not a part of Rome, don't worry, for all practical purposes, the Roman Visa and this transport pass is enough to access Vatican.
Water costs soooo much! Half a litre of water costs 2 Euros anywhere here. Wherever you're staying, try to fill up your bottles there before you set your foot out.

Bhushavali N

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24 comments:

  1. Great tips, I am going back in a few months and so I'll use this for reference. The no sleeve rule is no joke, last time I was there I didn't know and wore a sleeveless dress - they made me wear a paper cape, it looked hideous.

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  2. This brings back memories from when I visited here around 11 years ago. Such a beautiful place and your pictures show it well. Thanks for sharing the information about the stations, I forgot how we got there actually it was so long ago!

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  3. That is really cool that they have tombs of the popes open to the public, I never knew that! I had no idea there was a no sleeve rule! One day I hope to get to Rome, so thanks for your useful tips at the end!

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  4. Wow, delighted to find this post. We all know about Vatican but this is the first time I am seeing a first hand experience. Just exquisite artistry on teh walls and really love the uniform of those guards...

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  5. It's been a few years since I visited St Peters Basilica, but you're pictures brought back great memories. It is such a stunning and peaceful place - and next time I'll definitely be visiting the grottos. I can't believe I missed them last time!

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  6. I heard a lot about Vatican but just haven't had the chance to visit. This is going onto my to-go list! p.s. why is water so expensiveeeee TT

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  7. Quite a bucket list experience. Thank you for the great tips especially about the water bottle. Good to know that the visa will allow you to visit Rome. Does the elevator take you all the way to the top? Is it worth spending the extra 2 euros?

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  8. Having been there twice, I love every aspect of St. Peters Basilica! I recommend to see it both in the night and during the day to get the best experience.

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  9. Rome looks amazing and the Vatican is 100% on my bucket list! Useful info and inspiring post

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  10. Disposable water costs so much in Rome because of the wonderful free fountains all over the city! Your pictures reminded me of the fun time I had visiting the Vatican. Isn't that ceiling amazing? And I love the guards's uniforms too.

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  11. Those ceilings in the Basilica are just so huge. It made me feel like a dwarf. And each corner within is so well embellished. And I agree, water is far more expensive than soda here. :)

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  12. Such an iconic city....would love walking around these magnificent structures.

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  13. Vatican really hits you the first time you go...no matter how many pictures you have may seen. So much grandeur packed into such a small place.

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  14. Love those high ceilings and architecture is so royal with a great piece of work.

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  15. I remember when I was there few years ago and I did got send back as I went there in my shorts :( So thanks for sharing this tips on your blog they definitely are useful. I hope I can go back to Vatican one day and explore this beautiful basilica. !

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  16. Cool! I feel envious. It's one of the travel destination I want and dreamed of. Did you also visited their Necropolis and glimpse of their super restricted Vat (library of the Holy See)?

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  17. Seeing the Vatican up close is in my Bucket list. Thanks for giving me a brief tour of the place.

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  18. Its like every angle is a perfect shot. I would want to be there and capture the intricacy of the vatican's architecture.

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  19. Honestly one of my dream places to visit! Your photos are as lovely as always!! :)

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  20. My favourite part was climbing the dome, then you have Rome literally in your feet.

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  21. St. Basilica is a dream for any architecture lover! Who doesn't love to visit the largest Roman Catholic church in the world. Would love to explore it some day with my own eyes!

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  22. The vatican is quite an amazing place. I was really blown away by it when i went there. I think it is being raised catholic!

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  23. Im so jealous and desperate to see vatican! I am hoping to set foot on italy and europe by 2018

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  24. I've heard about Vatican many times and I've read a lot of blogs about it as well. Your post made me really want to pack my stuff and go here. I like the peaceful surrounding here and the intricate building design is really stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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