Heart of the City


Established in the 1929, The Vatican City is the seat of the Pope of the Catholic Church and is the smallest (but one of the most powerful) independent states in the world. It houses St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the four Papal Basilicas of Rome and arguably the most famous church today. The round space in front of the church is Saint Peter’s Square, where pilgrims congregate when the Pope conducts papal mass.

The climb up the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica may not be the easiest climb, but your reward is one of the best classical skyline in all of Rome.

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    • Around 400 if I remember correctly. Not the most number of steps for a basilica, but certain areas were very narrow and cramped. Definitely not for the elderly or infirm. Everyone else should go for it though.

  1. Ah, this makes me want to go on a trip to Italy again! The colors of the housing and the cities are so different than in Japan. This photo captures such a grand view– I wish I had more superlatives for your photography.

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