St. Peter’s Basilica
On the third day we returned to the Vatican, but this time we visited St. Peter’s Basilica. This photo was made from the end of the queue. As you can see, by 8:30 am the queue runs along half of the square, and by 9 am the queue will run around the whole piazza. The queue moves quite fast and each quarter circle (90 degrees) will take around 20 min.
As you can see I was bored while waiting in line:
Vatican guard in one of the side entrances:
The entrance to the Basilica is free, but if you want to get to the viewpoint at top of St. Peter’s Basilica you will have to pay. The entrance fee is 5 euro if you make the whole climb by foot and 7 euro if you use the elevator for the first half of the climb. We took the 7 euro tickets and didn’t regret it since the second part of the climb was quite long (felt like 15-20 min).
Views of St. Peter’s Square:
Further ahead you can see Castel Sant’Angelo:
I saw this post office box on our way down (on the roof of the Basilica, reached after one part of the climb):
After the 360 views from the top, we went inside St. Peter’s Basilica:
Next photo is an attempt to recreate something I saw on the net. It’s an 180 degrees panorama. But not the standard from left to right, it’s from front to back via top. Well they say a picture worth a thousand words, so here it is:
This looks like a beautiful picture:
but only after approaching it less than 2 meters away I understood it’s mosaic.
The official dress uniform is of blue, red, orange and yellow with a distinctly Renaissance appearance. Commandant Jules Repond (fr) (1910–1921) created the current uniforms in 1914. While both Michelangelo and a painting of the Pontifical Swiss Guard bearing Pope Julius II on a litter (by Raphael) are often cited as inspiration for the Pontifical Swiss Guard uniform, the actual uniforms worn by those soldiers included a flaring skirt; a common feature in male clothing during the Renaissance.
Nuns have a conversation:
I thought there would be many old & small cars in Rome. But, though there are many small cars, very few of them are old ones. This is one of the few ones I saw:
Our next stop was:
Campo de’ Fiori
The market is quite small and I can’t say that I felt some unique Italian experience. If you are in the area then you can visit it and buy some fruits, but I wouldn’t recommend a special visit.
Our next stop was:
Trajan’s Market & Forum
Trajan’s Market (Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano) is a large complex of ruins in the city of Rome, Italy, located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end to the Colosseum. The surviving buildings and structures, built as an integral part of Trajan’s Forum and nestled against the excavated flank of the Quirinal Hill, present a living model of life in the Roman capital and a glimpse at the continuing restoration in the city, which reveals new treasures and insights about Ancient Roman architecture.
Thought to be the world’s oldest shopping mall, the arcades in Trajan’s Market are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops and apartments were built in a multi-level structure, and it is still possible to visit several of the levels. Highlights include delicate marble floors and the remains of a library.
Trajan’s Column is a Roman triumphal column, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan’s Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.
On our way, we visited Trevi Fountains, but it’s under reconstruction and you can barely see anything.
That’s all for today, and see you on day #4!
For a map of all attractions and overview of all days see Five days in Rome.
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