Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Italy -- the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica

We got tickets for an early morning "before the crowds" tour of the Vatican.  So did 3,000 of our closest friends, apparently.  But still, it was much less crowded than when we left the Vatican around 10:30am.  So there's that.

Hall of portraits (sculptures):

View of the city:

Statute of Laocoön and His Sons (getting eaten by snakes):

Sign for the Sistine Chapel (no photos allowed inside):

In St. Peter's basilica:

Yep, we decided to walk to the top of the dome (all 551 stairs!):

Amazing view!

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