ROME DAY TWO: THE VATICAN

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Am inceput ziua super devreme, pentru ca aveam bilete cumparate la Muzeul Vatican. Va recomand sa le cumparati din timp, pentru ca puteti da peste cozi lungi la case. Am ajuns la muzeu la ora rezervata si am inceput turul imediat. In mod surprizantor cel mai mult nu m-a impresionat Capela Sixtina, ci o colectie mica de piese egiptene. We had an early start to our second day in Rome since we had tickets to the Vatican Museum. I recommend you to buy them in advance because the lines can get pretty long. We arrived at the museum at the hour we booked and started our tour. My favorite part was surprisingly not the Sixtine Chapel, but a small collection of Egyptian pieces.

Mare amator de fotbal, Papa Francisc ne-a impresionat cu colectia sa impresionanta. A know football fan, Pope Francis impressed us with his collection.
Am continuat cu celebra piata Sfantul Petru, unde aproape mereu veti gasi o coada lunga la intrarea in catedrala (este gratis, dar trebuie sa treceti de controlul de securitate), insa fiti fara grija, pentru ca se misca destul de repede. Ploaia tocmai se oprise si ne-am bucurat de soare cat timp am asteptat. La interior biserica e intr-adevar impresionanta de la nivelul de jos. Un obicei popular printre pelerini este sa atinga degetele de la piciorul drept al Sfantului Petru. After visiting the museum we moved on to the famous St. Peter’s square. There is almost always a long line to enter the Basilica (no admission ticket but you have to pass the security check), but do not worry as the line moves forward pretty quickly. The rain had just stopped and we enjoyed the nice afternoon sun while waiting. From the inside, the Basilica is impressive to look at from ground level. The pilgrims queue to touch St. Peter’s toe.
Daca va simtiti in stare, puteti sa urcati ca sa vedeti mai bine domul caterdalei, dar si piata. Costa 10 euro pentru lift (care va urca doar pana la jumatatea drumului) sau 8 euro pe scari. Sunt peste 500 de trepte si pe masura ce intaintati, galeria devine din ce in ce mai ingusta si abrupta, asa ca mare grija daca nu va simtiti in stare pentru aceasta provocare. La final insa, privelistea este una care merita tot efortul. Tot acolo puteti admira cei mai prietenosi pescarusi. If you fell up for the job, you can also climb the Basilica, to get a closer view of the dome, and the square. The price is 10 euros for the elevator ride (the elevator counts for only half the ride) or the stairs for 8 euros. There are over 500 stairs to climb and the tunnel can get very narrow and abrupt, so watch out if you feel you are not up for this challenge. Once you finish climbing the stairs, the view is a rewarding one. You can also admire the friendly seagulls.
Daca nu vrei sa urcati pana sus, nu va faceti griji, Piata Sfantul Petru este la fel de frumoasa si privita de jos. If you do not want to climb all the way up, do not worry, St. Peter’s Square is just as amazing from below.
De aici am vizitat si Castelul Sant’Angelo. Conceput ca mausoleu pentru imparatul Hadrian, cladirea a fost folosita si de papi drept fortareata, iar acum  a devenit muzeu. From here, we also visited Castel Sant’Angelo, a building commissioned initially by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum. It was also used by the popes as a fortress and is now a museum.
A urmat o pauza meritata la hotel si cina, pentru care am facut inca o plimbare de la hotel spre Piata Barberini unde am gasit un local dragut. We took a well-deserved break at the hotel and at dinner time, we took another walk from our hotel to Piazza Barberini where we found a nice place to eat.

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6 thoughts on “ROME DAY TWO: THE VATICAN

      1. I don’t know, it’d take a lot to convince me to go to Vatican City. I do love the photos I’ve seen of it, but there are elements of the Church’s past and present that I’m thoroughly disgusted by. I’d go if it was important to the person I was traveling with, but that’s about it. I’m glad you got to visit Vatican City though, and that you enjoyed it!

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