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The Vatican, Italy

I wanted to Saint Peter’s Basilica early when the crowd would be smaller. When I arrived, there was no line for security (something that a few hours later was certainly not the case. Once through security, I headed directly for the Cathedral, then walked up to the top of St Peter’s Basilica dome. I chose to take the elevator up as far as it goes, which saved 320 steps, and hiked up the remaining 551 steps. As I hiked to the top, I couldn’t stop thinking about history and who else had made this trek. Once you make it to the top of the dome, you have a breathtaking views of Rome and if you’re afraid of heights (like me) it’s quite hard to be up there for more than a few minutes.

After the Basilica, I headed over to the Museum, passing the long line to get in given I had purchased a ticket in advance. Once into the Museum to see as much as I could see in three to four hours before ending at the Sistine Chapel.

Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican

Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican

Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican

Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican

The Vatican

Vatican Wall

Vatican Tour Guide

Tapestry’s in the Vatican Museum

 

Tapestry in the Vatican Museum

Tapestry in the Vatican Museum

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Vatican Museum Circular Staircase

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