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St Peter's

Today is Vatican City Day!  After another great breakfast at the hotel, we left for the Vatican.  The lines were too long for the Museum so we went straight into St. Peters.  St. Peters was larger and more magnificent than I had though.  There were so many people by the Peta that you couldn’t get a great view.  We went around the whole church and viewed a few of the dead popes buried there.  Later we toured the Grottos or tombs beneath the church.  There were a lot of tombs including John Paul II whom recently died in 2005.  His tomb and grave had much more security that any others.  The crypt was awesome, but did not compare to our later scavi tour.

During the scavi tour we were able to see the old necropolis beneath St. Peters.

  The old necropolis is full of pagan burials and one Christian one.  We went down and saw the old basilica that is under the church.  We then got to see St. Peters bones which are in a glass case by his tomb under the old church.

Lindy and I then ate way too much for dinner and had a nice ride home on the bus.

Lindy’s Comments

Today was the Vatican day!  After seeing a large line at the museums we decided to go to St. Peter’s Basilica.  It was packed but we got to see everything we wanted!  We also went to the Treasury which had cross of Jesus and Peter’s finger haha but it was a good collection and bigger than I imagined.  By now it was 12:30 and we had to eat and get to our 1:30 Scavi Tour!  We made it to our tour.

  It was about 90 minutes and took us below the main basilica to the earlier necropolis and also to see the Constantine alter from the 4th century night below the current dome.  We also got to see what most believe is St. Peter’s tomb and also his bones where they found them!  It was a really neat tour and very informative, I am very glad we went on it!  We then headed to the Vatican Museums for the late afternoon.  They had a lot of the rooms closed off which was a little weird but we enjoyed it and think we saw all the highlights.  We then decided to walk to the Campo dei Forrio where we ate dinner.  It was a bit of a disappointment in piazzas of Rome point of view but we had a good dinner.  It was our last day in Rome!  I will miss the ruins of Rome but am looking forward to Germany!

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