I appreciate it must not seem that long since I was telling you all about our trip to Barcelona but I am back with another travel post, but this time all about Rome! Again, it’s been split into two parts due to me not wanting a post you’ll have to scroll for days through.
THE VATICAN CITY
Our first trip was to the Vatican City and of course, the Vatican itself. To explain, the Vatican is essentially the palace in the city that is the official residence of the Pope. I find it fascinating that it’s actually considered a country in itself, which runs independently from Rome. An incredible amount of people visit the Vatican museums and it amazed me that there was a long waiting line for two hours of people who hadn’t prebooked tickets. Thankfully we had and it really didn’t take us too long to get into the entrance building. There is quite a rigorous process to actually get in. Somewhat like an airport, there are scanners which you walk through and where you have your bags scanned swell as a check in desk for any items such as backpacks. We were asked to leave our umbrella, which could be seen to potentially damage the art. Naturally, you are to dress respectably, so no bare shoulders or shorts for men or women.
The museums are enormous. I think there are about two dozen different collections but they really are truly beautiful with such a great amount of detail, you don’t really know where to look as it’s everywhere. I was fascinated by the beautiful ceilings, I’ve tried to capture them for you below but I’m not sure a photo could ever do enough justice.
|Carlo Fontana’s fountain|
I’m going to wrap it up there today before this post gets too long. The second and final part of our trip to Rome will be up next Sunday where I tell you about our visit to the Colosseum as well as the Trevi Fountain and my top tips if you too fancy visiting Rome!