[narrative] Journey

JOURNEY TO VATICAN THE HOLY SEE

After having the ticket, $5000 money and the entire document we needed we headed to airport. From Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, we go to Changi Airport Singapore for first transit. We get a Flight Number GA0890, depart in 22:25 (Local time) and arrive at Singapore 01:00, and then we depart again with Singapore airlines to Italy with Flight Number SQ340. Finally, we arrive in Leonardo ad Vinci/Fiumicino Airport (Because the Vatican City has no airports. There is one heliport and a 852 m (932 yd) standard gauge (1435 mm) railway that connects to Italy’s network at Rome’s Saint Peter’s station. The railway is used only to transport freight) after long travel from Jakarta and Singapore at 7.20 (Indonesia Time) or 1.20 in local time. There we were picking by the hotel car and headed to The Hilton Rome Airport that located in the airport.

After arriving at the hotel we go to the receptionist to check in and headed to our room. The Superior Rooms feature 2 Telephone Lines with PC and Fax Modem Connection, a Working Desk with desktop power. Direct dialing telephone with voice mail, In-room Internet access and video games, color television with video on demand service. There is an In-room Safe, a Hairdryer, a Minibar, Double Glazed Windows, Electronic Locks and Individually controlled air conditioning. Non-smoking and Accessible rooms are available. In room amenities include WIFI Access. ($401.16/night/room)

Vatican City is — formally State of the Vatican City, or Vatican City State (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano, Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae) — is a tiny sovereign state whose territory consists of a landlocked enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. The entire country is about 0.44 square kilometers. Since it is governed by the Bishop of Rome (aka the Pope), its government can be described as ecclesiastical and the highest state functionaries are in fact clergymen. It is the smallest independent nation state in the world in terms of area and population. The Vatican City, one of the European microstates, is situated on the Vatican Hill in the north-western part of Rome, several hundred meters west of the Tiber river, on the latter’s right bank. Its borders (3.2km in total, all with Italy) closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from outside attack. The situation is more complex at the famous St. Peter’s Square in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica, where the correct border is just outside the ellipse formed by Bernini‘s colonnade. It is the smallest sovereign state in the world at 0.44 km² (108.7 acres).

In the next day after we get a rest, we go to the Vatican City for visiting St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, Vatican Museums, and Castel Sant’ Angelo. We go to Vatican with Non stop “Leonardo Express trains” make the 40 minute trip between the central train station Roma Termini and the airport every 30 minutes. €9 .50. Trains depart Termini from the track on the right. And then, from Roma Termini Station, take buses to Saint Peter’s station, and then go to Piazza San Pietro.

The first Place is St. Peter’s Basilica and Square (Basilica di San Pietro and Piazza San Pietro). The basilica is perhaps the largest church in Christianity and is often used by the Pope. The dome designed by Michelangelo and was completed by Giacomo della Porta in 1590. Above the main entrance is the inscription IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST PAVLVS V BVRGHESIVS ROMANVS PONT MAX AN MDCXII PONT VII (In honor of the prince of apostles; Paul V, citizen of Rome, Supreme Pontiff, in the year 1612 and the seventh year of his pontificate). The façade is 114.69 meters (376.28 ft) wide and 45.55 meters (149.44 ft) high. On top are statues of Christ, John the Baptist, and eleven of the apostles; St. Peter’s statue is inside. Two clocks are on either side of the top, the one on the left has been operated electrically since 1931, its oldest bell dating to 1288. There is a Dress Code at St. Peter’s Basilica. The Dress Code is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women. Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the door. On a hot summer day, I’ve seen dozens of men in shorts turned away.

The second place is Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are one of the most famous and renowned cultural institutions of the Holy See. In Vatican Museums there are COLLECTION OF MODERN RELIGIOUS ART. The collection includes Hundreds of paintings, sculptures, engravings and designs donated to the Holy See by private individuals and, in some cases, by the artists themselves. Housed in 55 different rooms, the exposition was inaugurated by Pope Paul VI in 1973. The itinerary begins in the Borgia Apartment, named for Alexander VI, who had the room decorated with the now famous frescoes, most of which are the work of either Pinturicchio or his students. The collection includes works of Giorgio De Chirico, Jacques Villon, Bernard Buffet, Oskar Kokoschka, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Diego Velasquez, etc.

After we feel satisfied around the Vatican City, we back to Rome, but before it we go to the last place in outside of Vatican City, it is Castel Sant’ Angelo. Built, as was the Elian Bridge in front, by the Emperor Hadrian (117-138) as a Mausoleum for himself and his successors, it was completed by Antoninus Pius in 139. In 271, the Emperor Aurelian incorporated the pile into the defence system he designed: it lost its function as a tomb to become a fortress. In 1277 it was occupied by Nicholas II who connected it to the Vatican by the famous corridor, a safety passage which runs along the top of the encircling wall of the Vatican. Henceforth, it remained under the control of the Popes who used it as a fortress, to impress, but also as a prison and a place for torture. In there, we can see the amazing Ponte Sant’ Angelo, a bridge that crosses the Tevere River. (Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50)

After 4 day and 3 nights, we have to go back to Jakarta. We depart from the same airport and airplane like when we arrived in Rome, because we use return flight. We get a Flight Number SQ339, depart in 06.00 (Italia time) or 12:00 (Local time) and arrive at Singapore 06:50. And then from Changi Airport we flight again in 06:55 to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, and arrive in 09:30.

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