Residence Candia, the apartment style hotel we stayed in during our program, is about two blocks away from the Vatican's North Wall.
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|Walking towards St. Peter's on Villa della Conciliazione|
|Inside St. Peter's Basilica|
|Courtyard in the Vatican Museum|
The best and worst part of Vatican City is the cupola, the very top of St. Peter's Basilica. Climb thousands of stairs to the top for the best view of Rome. One of my sorority sisters and I paid extra to take an elevator halfway up, which was totally worth it. The climb we did was painful, but once you get to the top, it is amazing to see the entire Eternal City. Unfortunately, if you are claustrophobic or cannot climb stairs, this is probably not a good idea.
The media coverage of the Vatican over the past few weeks brought back a lot of memories of living, studying and playing in one of the most historic parts of the modern world. It was thrilling to see so many people in what I felt was our "backyard" while in Italy.