St. Peter’s Basilica is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. St. Peter’s is the most renowned work for Renaissance architecture and remains the largest church in the world. Although it’s not the mother church of the Catholic Church, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. By Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, also according to tradition, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome. Tradition and strong historical evidence hold that Saint Peter’s tomb is directly below the alter of the basilica.
You’re not permitted to enter if you’re knees or shoulders are showing, so dress appropriately. I saw a vendor who was selling extra-large shawls to bunch of teenage girls tourists who were scrambling. Smart vendor!
Here’s a glimpse of the details we saw…
I was extremely disappointed that we didn’t see the Sistine Chapel since it was closed by the time we reached the Vatican City. It was all due to miscommunication from a tourist who gave us the wrong entrance. If we followed our instinct, we would of made it. BUMMER! Anyway, I still have the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii to share…so we’re not done…yet! Stay tuned as I’ll share our ‘experience’ on how saw so much, kept cost down, and avoided the crowds.
What’s your favorite city, thus far?