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La Dolce Vita (Part 3) The Vatican’s Treasures


When visiting the Vatican you leave Italy and enter another country, albeit a very small (110 acre) country with only a few hundred permanent residents.  Yet the Vatican is an extraordinary place with an influence that belies its diminutive size.  One of the most remarkable travel days we’ve ever experienced was our visit to the Vatican.  Here we saw not only the world’s most beautiful church (the Sistine Chapel) but also its largest and most impressive church (St.Peter’s Basilica) and the treasures of an extravagant papal palace (the Vatican Museum).   I understand that the massive spending spree by the Catholic Church during the Renaissance lead to the Protestant reformation, but as a Protestant and lover of …

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