Luggage labels under the Cupola of Saint Peter’s

Here we are in Rome, with one of its most popular sights – which also happens to be the most frequently used image in the city’s luggage labels: the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, which locals like to call “Cupolone”.

Almost 150 years ago, Ligurian writer Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908) described his arrival in the Vatican church: “We are under the dome. Look up. Oh! What a truly prodigious effect it has! It’s wonderful to see how everyone’s face changes as soon as they look up. Many barely glance at it and then hang their head and close their eyes, as if they had caught a glimpse of the abyss. Others light up – in their face and eyes – as if they were having a vision. It’s so wonderful it’s almost ecstatic…” (translated from “Ricordi del 1870-71”).

Enjoy your Roman holidays!

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