On our second day of our Italy trip, we went ‘out’ of Rome to visit The Vatican City. Not exactly out and away of course since Vatican is situated within Rome itself. The Vatican City, with a population of 900, is the smallest sovereign nation in the world. It covers just over 100 acres, but it packs a lot into this space, having the most important collection of artifacts, art and archaeology in the Catholic world.
We started at St. Peter’s Basilica which is free of charge so the only line you must face is the security line and the only way to skip that insanely long line is with a paid guided tour…which we did and we highly recommend! I can’t even begin to describe how insanely BEAUTIFUL St. Peter’s Basilica is. It was breathtaking, words can’t even describe the feeling it gave me and the beauty of it – it was the single most beautiful building I have ever stepped foot into. You just have to see it to believe it. The sculptures, ceiling, altar, prayer halls, mosaic floor, bold pillars, decorations … everything is intriguingly marvelous.
As we exited we came across the famous Swiss Guards & St Peter’s Square
Water coming from the aquaducts are safe, clean, and cold throughout the whole city!
Next we went to the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museum is HUGE!! I don’t know whether it’s humanly possible to see everything, the amount of stuff is simply too overwhelming. Right from the start, it was painting followed by more painting, a mecca for art connoisseurs. Same went for the sculptures that followed, the collections are equally enormous.
From then onwards, we’re walking around with our heads held high, literally, in order to admire the paintings on the ceiling.
The Sistine Chapel was next, quite possibly the most well-known place inside Vatican Museum. Ok, I know I am not supposed to take picture inside the chapel but I couldn’t help it. I eventually put my camera away and admired Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam & The Last Judgement. There are no words to describe how unbelievable remarkable this piece of art is. Extremely grateful to be able to experience this!
Vatican’s famous spiral staircase exit.