If you have the opportunity to go into St. Peter’s Basilica from bottom-to-top, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! It’s definitely tiresome, but well worth it.
My tour was early on a Tuesday morning, which meant no one was there. After the tour, I was extremely grateful that we were the only people in there at the time, because it’s not a very spacious place. The earlier you go, the better it will be and the better experience you will gain from the tour!
First off, my group started two levels below floor level. The ceilings were low and it seemed rather humid, but what we saw was a great history lesson.
We looked at preserved tombs and caskets of previous popes. We were not allowed to take pictures there so I do not have any to show you, but I can’t imagine how long it took to create a single casket. They were made of marble, then had carvings of other people or animals on the outside. The carvings were 3-D and we learned that typically the largest carving of a person was the person who was inside of the casket.
For a tomb to be this old, it was very modern for whoever goes to see it today. They now have electric sliding-glass doors to make it easy to walk from point A to point B.
St. Peter’s Basilica is full of chapels that represent different cultures. Each one is very beautiful and diverse from the rest.
After visiting the tombs and chapels, we climbed to the top of the Basilica where you can have a breathtaking view of Rome. There were 550 stair steps, and as you climb to the top the staircases are rather narrow. Even worse, they curve slightly because of the shape of the dome.
After this exhausting trek, the view made up for it.