We found a small cafe for breakfast, and sat at an outside table with a great view of the Vatican City wall. We each had a very good cappuccino and a chocolate croissant. They were delicious!
The main altar:
The dome above the main altar:
The Scavi Tour is a tour under the Basilica to the actual tomb of St. Peter. We were close enough to see his actual bones. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed. Understandable, as we were at the final resting place of the man who the church was literally and figuratively built upon. That was at the end of the tour of the City of Necropolis, a burial city dating to the 4th century (approximately 300 A.D.) It was discovered buried under what is now St. Peter's Basilica when Emperor Constantine was leveling ground to build the church that would be the predecessor of the current Vatican.
No line at all for tickets, we just walked right up and paid our 15 Euros each--worth every penny, by the way!
Where to start? We started in large inner courtyard:
A fragment from a statue--it was big-probably at least 3 feet long, must have been a HUGE statue!
On our agenda for tomorrow--an underground tour of the colosseum, and we'll also visit Palatine Hill, The Arch of Constatine and the Roman Forum. We are all hoping this rain stops before tomorrow!