The Vatican City and Gardens

by Liz

We flew from London to Rome, Italy to go to the Vatican. It is about 8 to 10 miles by Metro train from downtown Rome.

The Vatican state is the smallest in the world. It is unique in that it is the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic religion. It became a state in 1929. We went into the entrance along the front. One steps into the vestibule of the Basilica of St. Peter. It has two famous doors. A bronze door to the left, which formed the old St. Peter’s, is divided into sculptured panels. The Holy Door is opened during Holy Years.

The church is the largest in the world. The wood chair in the vestibule belonged to St. Peter. The Basilica has an interior dome. St. Peter’s Square and Basilica is very beautiful and large like a coliseum with inside columns. The Sistine Chapel holds one of the most outstanding masterpieces of Italian art – Michelangelo’s frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

This trip to the Vatican was beautiful and wonderful. I had heard about it in church growing up and waited the remainder of my life to see it in person. People are there from all over the world. You leave with a different feeling. The only feeling like this was from my trip to Israel.

The gardens at Villa d’Este are called the Hundred Fountain Alley. The organ fountain has three fishing ponds. Tivoli is a beautiful park with a large waterfall with a beautiful view. The gardens are very exceptional compared to my touring.

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