The last stop on our Vatican tour.
St Peter's Basilica.
The beautiful Italian Renaissance building whose famous dome was designed by Michelangelo.
Note the wording around the dome in the following photo.
Each letter is about 7 foot tall.
To give an indication, to anyone who has not visited yet, of the size of the place please note the following photo of Bernini's breathtaking baldacchino (a pavilion like structure) that stands above alter and directly under the dome.
Now here is another photo of it but with this time with people in the shot.
Many Popes are buried downstairs in the crypt (including Pope John Paul II - no that's not him below) and you can visit it, but I didn't think hubby would like it - he was a little Vatican'd out by this stage.
I see the word got out about my natty scarf trick.
This is my one regret of the tour.
Below is the statue of the Pieta by Michelangelo.
It depicts a dead Christ being held by Mary.
It is in my opinion his most beautiful and emotive work (sorry David).
He captures a moment of sorrow and heartbreak as Mary cradles her crucified son in her lap.
Michelangelo was only 24 when he carved this masterpiece and it is the only work he ever signed.
My regret is that the crowd in front of The Pieta was so deep that I couldn't get close enough to really appreciate this statue that I had been dreaming of seeing for years.
The best view I got was through my zoom lens.
I seriously thought of hanging about until the crowd thinned enough to get close.
But hubby had that look that I knew only too well,
and it was time to go.
Outside into the scorching sun, I felt sorry for these Swiss guards.
Into a taxi and back to the hotel for a much needed shower and a nap before embarking on our second tour for the day.