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Italian Honeymoon - where it all begins... PART 1

Published March 25th, 2012

I got married to my boyfriend of 4.5 years on 27th November, 2011 in Bangalore. We decided to go "some place nice" for our Honeymoon and zeroed in on Italy.. after contemplating about Brazil, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Tahiti and the list goes on...



It was a 10 day trip starting with Rome, then Florence, Venice and finally Milan (1/12/2011 - 10/12/2011). We were in Rome for 3 days and then 2 days in Florence and 3 fantastic days in Venice and finally 1 day in Milan before flying back to our regular life. If anyone is planning on such a trip, my suggestion would be to skip Milan! Of course my suggestion is only for people who aren't into fashion... or shopping... :D



A very fascinating trip indeed...

St Peters Basilica

At the St Peters Basilica, Vatican City

St Peters Basilica

St Peters Basilica taken from the outside, from St Peters square.

St Paul outside St Peter's

The statue of St Paul outside St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Inside St Peter's Basilica

Inside the St Peter's Basilica... and this is where I started understanding the meaning of "HUGE" & "MAJESTIC"

Pietà

We were completely dazed by what we were seeing as we entered the Basilica and to add to it was this world famous sculpture "Pietà".

Oh please at your time and look at the photograph closely and observe the expressions, the muscles, the clothe... all this in a sculpture... by a 23 year old Michelangelo in the year 1499.

From the main Altar

As we walked further into the Basilica, we came to the main altar...

*Fun Fact:* There are 3 altars located inside St Peters Basilica. This is the view from the main altar and below this one is located another altar and below that is another.

We were running out of time and had to choose between going down and see the altars or climb up the cupola to get a view of Vatican City\Rome from the top! We decided to go with the latter.

A View of the Vatican City

Since we were running out of time, we had to choose between checking out the Altars and climbing up the cupola. As you can see we decided to climb up the cupola.


Climbing meant taking the lift 3 floors for 14 EUR each and then walking up a narrow spiral stairways and slanted path along the cupola...

St Peters Square

The splendid view of St Peters Square from the top of the cupola...



We can walk around the cupola and this gives us a birds eye view of the Vatican City!

The Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Room of Maps, Vatican Museum

Room of Maps...

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