If you’re Catholic, Vatican is your Mothership. If you have an appreciation for history, fine art and monumental buildings, Vatican is your Mothership. If I was to see only one place in Rome, it would be St. Peter’s square. The fact we were in Rome for two days and still managed to visit Vatican twice, says a lot. It’s like another world and everything I hoped it would be. I wanted to see the Pope. We missed him by couple of hours when he went to greet people in the square. I decided to save the best for last as visiting Vatican and St. Peter’s basilica was the best part of my trip.
As you can see, it was still Christmas time and the square had a festive theme going on. When we first got there, it was full of tourists and you couldn’t really roam around and take photos without tourist in the foreground. Later on, they closed the square as Pope Francis was serving a Mass in the basilica. That was my chance to document the square and the basilica the way I wanted, without anyone being in the way.
One thing I liked the most (apart from the basilica’s indoor) is the St. Peter’s cupola. It is so majestic and just out of this world beautiful. The goal was to climb to the top from where you have a 36o° view of the entire city of Rome. Imagine the view and the photos, beautiful. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time for the climb even though we were there twice in two days. Next time, I’ll be climbing like a boss because I simply gotta see it. They say the stairs are so steep and narrow and no matter how much in shape you are, it’s hard. Prior to the trip, I watched some You Tube videos where people filmed the entire climb. Looks scary hard. Haha. But, no pain no “beautiful photos from the top of the word”.
And now, the most beautiful place in the world. From the moment I stepped in, I knew my camera won’t do it justice. I immediately knew there was no point in taking pictures as they wouldn’t be able to portray anything as it is. The height and size of the columns and the overall enormous space. While we were there, the Mass was being held and I can’t describe you the chills I got from the sacral music and the fact that I was there, where St. Peter (the Rock) was crucified and buried. There I prayed in front of the graves of many popes, St. John Paul II was one of them. The moments I spent there were so precious and I will never forget them. I literally felt I was at the safest place in the world. I am so thankful to Jesus for giving me the opportunity to be there. God bless and thank you for reading!