So I left you after a quick lunch and visit to the ‘construction site’ that was Trivoli Fountain in my last blog, now we move on to the afternoon’s explorations! We went to the literal god of landmarks to explore in the afternoon, Vatican City. You can’t do a trip to Rome without it, its truly breathtaking.
Whether you’re religious or not, it was hard not to feel in awe of this amazing city; the stunning historical architecture and the sheer mass of people coming to visit and worship here, is simply inspirational.
A couple of things I would say before you visit, be prepared to be very patient! The throng of people moving around inside Vatican City is gigantic, do not expect to get anywhere quickly! It’s also very hot in there as a result! The queue outside to get tickets was also enormous, you can save yourself hours of queueing by paying slightly more for a queue jump pass, it is definitely worth it!
Within Vatican City are cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, all of which we had to fit into one afternoon, so we braced ourselves for a lot of walking around to cover all ground!
I went a little bit snap happy, AGAIN, in Vatican City, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me!
Despite the fact you’re not supposed to take any pictures inside the Sistine Chapel, I just couldn’t resist sneaking a couple (and I mean, sneaking!). Apologies for the quality, but the guards in the room were keeping a close eye on everyone, they also boom over the speakers every couple of minutes to tell visitors to keep the noise levels down, it’s all very serious. (TIP: Make sure you take a scarf to cover you up, bare shoulder’s are not permitted)
The Sistine Chapel is perhaps the most famous part of Vatican City, it is still used today to host the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the ornate frescos that decorate the interior, and perhaps most notably, from The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s fresco really was a lot smaller than I expected it to be, but still very worthwhile seeing, one more off the bucket list!
The whole experience here really was spectacular, with such a buzzy atmosphere. I feel privileged to have been able to see this wonder of the world and would strongly recommend you take the time to do so if you get the chance!
Our next stop was to be The Colosseum, but we wanted to see that at night to get some good snaps, so I’ll save that story for another time!