Rome: Day 2

In the breezy morning, we visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Such a grand and majestic monument is an Iitalian Renaissance church. Intricate details decorate the entire monument, especially the dome and Bernini’s baldacchino.¬†After taking a look at the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, we had a great opportunity to climb to the top. We took the elevator up, which saved us 320 steps! However, we still needed to walk up 231 steps along narrow staircases in order to get to the very top. Though it cost some effort, the views were rewarding and worthwhile.

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After St. Peter’s, we walked to the Spanish steps. The 135 steps were designed by Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi and took two years to construct. In the Piazza di Spagna there is a fountain called Fontana Della Baracaccia. It was built in 1629 before the steps. Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his father were credited. According to the legend, a boat brought by a flood inspired Pope Urban VIII to have the fountain installed.

 

Written by Alex Kang and Justin Min