Rome Day 2 Vatican
If you read my blog, you might know that I am a huge Dan Brown fan (the writer of Da Vinci Code). So naturally, the first thing that popped into my head when I thought of Rome was “The Vatican”. It looked so magnificent in the Angels and Demons film, so I really wanted to go to all of the churches and places Dr Langdon went to. But that would have been little bit crazy. Actually, more than little bit crazy. My family would not have been happy with a whole day filled with only churches. So I sacrificed for my family and we only visited the Vatican :D.
To give you little bit of tourist information, The Vatican is a small city inside Rome. It is the smallest independent state in the world and its ruled by the Pope. The city has some of the most famous artworks and chapel in the world. If you want to see the Pope in person, you have two chances: on Wednesday’s Public Audience and on Sunday’s Blessing.
Here are top 3 things you should see in the Vatican:
- Vatican Museum
- Sistine Chapel
- St Peter’s Basilica
Tip: If you are going in the high season, do pre book. You usually have to stand inline for 2 hours in the crazy hot sun to get in. Luckily, my sister prebooked queue jump tickets, so we went straight in :).
Sistine Chapel was full of amazing masterpieces by Michelangelo. Apparently he was reluctant to take on the job at first,simply because he was a “sculptor not a painter”. Sistine Chapel is where the new Pope is elected and it is the most popular chapel of the Vatican. You are asked to stand in silence and not take any photos. I could not resist not taking a photo, so I took a quick shot when the guards were not looking :).
Just look at the amazing works on the ceilings. Many of the ceilings were covered in amazing sculptures and paintings. Everyone was standing in an awe with their heads up, me included.Tods shoes