Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City

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Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro holds a collection of objects offered as gifts to the Vatican, often given by kings and princes. Among the items are church ornaments, statues, papal mitres, and other various gifts. Of particular interest in the collection is the monument to Sixtus IV by Antonio del Pollaiolo, a Florentine artist. As is often the case with tourist attractions in Italy, there is little information provided in English, so a little research ahead of time goes a long way to fully appreciating your visit. Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Vatican City Edition.
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  • The spiral staircase at the end of a visit to the Vatican Museum, and beautifully decorated, there is no way to bypass them and going down, then ...
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  • The museo del Tesoro della Basilica di san Pietro, it is very interesting to see. Contains valuable and interesting pieces, a bit small but well maintained. Spectacular staircase with its shape ecoidale
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  • Very very great achievement. Everyone made the photo. It also takes time to get it off this staircase.
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  • The Vatican City is always an amazing experience. The works inside St. Peter's Basilica, its size, the view from the top... simply amazing. The line moves fast so don't worry about the crowd you'll find there. They also have a lot of souvenirs, including jewelry... just make sure you have enough money on you, they're pricey to say the least. One interesting fact is that the nuns there speak an impressive amount of languages, so you'll feel like home no matter where you're from. Also, everything there is protected by Swiss Guards (basically their military)... they're not like the queens guards, so admire them from afar.
  • The pinnacle of the trip to Rome. Mind-blowing beauty and grandeur. To better enjoy it, expect to spend the whole day (in the Vatican). If possible, go to the top of the basilica - unforgettable! It was only €6 or €8 (the line was long but moving pretty quickly). Mind you, the stairs are not that easy: 551 stairs up and some tight passageways (being in great physical shape I felt every muscle in my body going up, going down and after). There is an elevator but not to the very top, I believe. The views are tremendous, and inside the basilica everything is a masterpiece. Definitely stop by Pieta by Michelangelo, his first work of that kind. Don’t forget to send a postcard from Vatican City (there is a mobile post office parked outside the basilica right on the piazza, and it’s very cheap to send a postcard to anywhere in the world).
  • Absolutely stunning! It truly showcases the power of Catholicism in the mid century. The art work and architecture is a true statement. It will leave even the most veteran of cultural tourists star struck. There is no point in going to Rome if you don't visit the Vatican for at least a day. It is well worth both a visit inside and to the top of the dome. One of my favorite times in Rome! Enjoy!
  • This might be a bit controversial. From an architectural and historical point of view, I found the Basilica to be beautiful and interesting. You are visually overwhelmed because there is so much to see that you aren't sure what to focus on first or where to spend your time looking. In addition, it is a tourist attraction of note (as evidenced by the pictures). So it's noisy, loud and visually stimulating. It is also very imposing. From a spiritual point of I found it lacking. It is ornate and filled with dramatic sculptures, carvings and lettering of almost 2ft tall Roman numerals and letters. It is literally so opulent that it is such a dramatic juxtaposition to who and what Jesus was. I struggled to reconcile the battered body of Christ in rags and his thorny crown on a cross with the opulence displayed around it.
  • St. Peter's Basilica is awesome! We went there during Easter time and and grateful for getting the blessed rose! Do expect a lot of people. If you are going to Vatican Museum, you can consider tio join guided tour including st. Peter Basilica so that you can get in directly from Vatican. But the guided tour is not cheap. Alternatively, you can come at 7am where the Basilica opens at 7am, you can save the queue time. We arrived at 9.30am and spent 2 hrs on queue. Anyway, st. Peter Basilica is worth a visit!
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