Thursday, March 8, 2012

Vatican City

The Baroque Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Plaza) in front of St. Peter's Basilica was laid out in 1656 around an ancient Egyptian obelisk that was already in situ. The layout is such that the Basilica appears nearer as one walks away from it, its breadth shortened while its height extends.

Although this postcard states it is from "Roma", St. Peter's Basilica and it's Piazza are actually located in the Vatican City. The Piazza is a part of the Vatican City UNESCO World Heritage site.

This postcard is extra notable because it was the last one I received before leaving France.

The standard Italian postal rate stamp for sale at tabaccheria around Italy, for all those times when one can't make it to the post office.

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