Vatican City: The Holy City

san pietro

A trip to Rome isn’t complete without a trip to Vatican City, the smallest recognized country in the world, with a population of about 800 people.  Of course most people visit the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel, but the collection of artwork throughout the Vatican museum is stunning.  On the journey to the Sistine Chapel you get to experience everything from sculptures, tapestries and frescoes.  If you just want to run through and get to the Sistine Chapel you still need at least an hour, otherwise the Vatican & San Pietro easily make up a half day or full day visit.

Word of advice, it is worth the extra fee to buy your tickets online through the Vatican directly.  The lines are unending, especially in the morning.  By purchasing your ticket online, you get a certain time for admittance and you get to skip the queue of hundreds of people.

One of our favorite rooms was the room of frescos with old maps of Italy.  We had fun trying to find places we had been and noticing names that have changed.

Fresco of Italy

Fresco of Italy

I know this might sound strange, but one of my most favorite things in the Vatican museum is the stairway at the exit.  Not only is it fun to walk down, but it is beautiful as well!

Vatican Stairs

Vatican Stairs

Out of all the art at the museum, the piece that was most ingrained in my memory was the abstract art in the garden piazza.  The sculpture rotates in a magical way and is so strong yet broken, remarkable.

The sphere

The sphere

The smallest walled country in the world is famous for the largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica.  You cannot even fathom the size standing in the massive piazza it embraces.

In front of St. Peter's Basilica

In front of St. Peter’s Basilica

The most impressive piece of art work in the Basilica is Michelangelo’s Pietà, which he carved at the age of 25.  He carved his name into the sculpture, because so few people believed it was actually him that carved such a masterpiece at his young age.  It literally brings tears to my eyes.  The emotion it embodies and Michelangelo’s ability to turn hard marble into soft waves of cloth…exceptional.

Michelangelo's Pietà

Michelangelo’s Pietà

The size, the detail and the art are all just stunning in San Pietro’s Basilica!

Streams of light

Streams of light

Just one jaw dropping view of the ceiling

Just one jaw dropping view of the ceiling

As a side note they seem to have lightened up on how strict they are on clothing.  More than half the people in the church had shorts on, which in the past used to be a no-no.  Ladies did still have to have their shoulders covered though, so prepare ahead of time.  And in the Vatican, if you visit in the summer, be prepared for zero personal space and tons of people!

And I just have to end with a picture of the Swiss Guard!

Swiss Guard

Swiss Guard

 

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