Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy

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The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy.

 

This is the outside of St Peter’s Basilica, which (strictly speaking) isn’t in Rome.

Why? Because it’s in the Vatican – a separate state that is wholly within the confines of Rome.

Vatican City State, to give it the official title, is a 44 hectare independent nation – the smallest in the world, both in terms of area and of population.

The basilica, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian, is supposedly the burial place of St Peter himself – and St Peter’s Square, from where this picture was taken, is capable of holding more than 300,000 people.

Yes – a third of a million people, all in one place at one time.

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