Stairs | St. Peter's, Rome

St Peters Basicilica Rome
St Peters Basicilica Rome
St Peters Basicilica Rome
St Peters Basicilica Rome
St Peters Basicilica Rome

St Peter's Basilica, Rome

For the sake of a great view in Rome, we tackled 320 steps in the very narrow staircase of the St Peters Basilica.  The steps were so narrow that once you start on the path, there is no going back, literally! There's just no space to allow for two way traffic.  It's a real test of endurance.  [Warning:  It's not for those afraid of enclosed spaces.  Is claustrophobic the word?]  Oh, those shell shaped stair cases are fun...  and dizzying, I can't tell the end of it.  Hubby at times needed to dock or bend his head on one side so that he can pass through.  He has a really funny photo going through the shell stairs but he doesn't want me to post it :p  Thankfully, somewhere along the straight narrow staircase, there are windows with a little landing where tiny me could fit and recollect some strength.  Hubby has to block the way for a bit, but the others behind didn't mind.  I guess they are also glad to breathe a little without being blamed for stopping traffic.  You know you've come to the top when finally, the stairs widen out.  If you made it on top, going down is a walk in the park :-)

It was hard, my knees were really trembling after (oooh, need some exercise, they're screaming "not fit!, not fit!")  But I think that it's really worth it in the end.  The view was spectacular. {Yes, even on a cloudy, rainy day.}  You know that surreal feeling when you say: "I can't believe I'm here?"  That's me! each breath at that lovely height.

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31 comments:

  1. oh wow.... what a wonderful re-telling of your experience! The stair photos support the words fully! You did well to arrive at the top! Thanks for sharing with Our Beautiful World!

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  2. great photos from Rome, it's also on my travel list :-)
    thanks for sharing with us at "OBW"

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  3. def worth it for that view. I'm not religious in the least, but even I can't deny that area is full of history and played a big part in it. too many steps for me, so I will just enjoy the photos :)

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  4. Oh, wow! Your photos are so lovely. You make me what to take my Not fit! Not fit! straight up those stairs with you! So glad to have found you at Our Beautiful World.

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  5. Awesome photos and I would be trembling too, but so worth it :)

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  6. Wow! Wonderful photos! What a memorable experience, to say the least!

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  7. Rome is really great. Everyone (but me) in family has visited it. And they have only good stories to tell. Thank you for linking in with the "Through My Lens" photo meme.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  8. Wow, that is quite a climb! But SO worth it! The views are incredible, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  9. I absolutely loved Rome and so enjoyed my visit there. I remember the many stairs at St. Peter’s but I don’t recall these very narrow ones. Very claustrophobic, indeed! Perhaps that is why I wiped them out from my memory. :)

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  10. Well worth the effort though to get the views.

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  11. What fantastic shots! Good for you for making it to the top of St. Peter's!

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  12. No pain no gain! The view is worth all the pain.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  13. Gorgeous shots!
    I hope to go to Rome some day.

    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/bennett-place-bit-of-history.html

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  14. What a lovely post from Rome. And such a view!

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  15. Fabulous views and very admirable that you made it to the top. Yes...claustrophobic and that would be me. :-(
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  16. Believe me, I experienced even tougher ups like a climbing on St. Olafs church tower in Tallinn, Estonia. It is nightmare for claustrophobic persons.

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    1. Hi Do you have a post for that? Would love to read about it :-)

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  17. What views - I've been to the Basilica but never all the way up. Good to know in case I try the climb another time... #MondayEscapes

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    1. We didn't expect that climb either, It's definitely worth it.

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  18. I want to thank everyone you have left me a comment. That is very kind of you. I will visit your own blogs and leave you comments there :-)

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  19. Wow! Nice view! It's worth to go up 320 steps. I think you enjoyed the view very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Wonderful photos and well done to you climbing those stairs!! Thanks ever so much for sharing with us at OBW!!

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  21. I have been to Rome many times but I still haven't found someone who wants to go up there with me hahaha next time!!

    Thank you so much for joining #MondayEscapes
    Ps: Don't forget to include the badge, let us know if you need any help with it :)

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    1. Hi :-) Thanks for dropping by and leaving a message. I included the link to the blog hop at the bottom of the post. Thanks again :-)

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  22. Wonderful photos here!
    I hope to see you at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/bennett-place-bit-of-history.html and each week for the Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) photo linky!

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  23. I've climbed a few lighthouses with spiral stairs like those and you're right, they can be very claustrophobic and treacherous. Loved your post!

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  24. Rome is an amazing city. We went there on our honeymoon.

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  25. oh my goodness what a beautiful view! those round stairs are so pretty.

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