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Vatican City

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  • Péntek délelőttre volt foglalasunk 9:30ra a Vatikán múzeumba. Jó ötlet volt a foglalás mert megint villámgyorsan haladtunk a rettenetesen hosszú sor mellett. A foglalással a múzeumba gyorsan bejutottunk. Nem mondom h vegigneztunk mindent, de egész sok mindent láttunk a benti kiállításbol. És megkuzdottunk a vezetett túrák hadával is, igaz ez foleg a keleti térségből érkező turista csoportokra, akik mindeb lényegtelen dolgot is fenykepeznek. A muzeum, egy kávé és nemi harapni való után atsetaltunk a bazilika előtti térre és be álltunk a hosszu sorba, ami szinten skippelheto ha valakinek nagyon nincs ideje vagy több felesleges eurója van, azt hiszen fejenkent 15-16 euróért megteheti. Mi most kivartuk a sort, nem volt vészes, nyáron 40 fokban valószínű kegyetlen lett volna, de így a napsütésben kifejezetten kellemes volt. A bazilika meg mindig nagyon szép, megeriba sort kivárni, plusz elmentünk a pápák temetkezesi helyére is, de a kuplaba a sort már nem tudtuk kivárni, az több órás várakozást jelentett volna, addigra már sok volt belőle. A Vatikán után irányba vettuk az Angyalvarat, de előtte az utca végében megalltunk valami gyorskajaldaba mert már éhesek voltunk. De sajnos eleg átlagos volt a kaja is és rendkivul sokat fizettünk érte Uh senkinek nem ajánlom a térrel szembeni utca végében található kajaldat. Akármennyire éhes valaki, inkább menjen kicsit tovább.Read more

  • Da wir heute, bevor es nach San Marino geht, noch ein wenig Zeit haben, fahren wir nach dem Frühstück nochmal ins Centrum von Rom.
    Noch schnell einen weiteren Länderpunkt machen und einen kurzen Abstecher in den Vatikan :-)
    Ganz schick da alles!

  • Vatican City is it's own country, the smallest in the world, and entirely within the city of Rome! I have a separate entry to add it to the country count. The country itself has only about 850 residents and they all work at the Vatican - essentially Catholic clergy or Swiss Guards.

    The rest of the Vatican comets are in the Rome posting.

  • Today we drove from Caserta to Rome. Quite the experience. Drivers in Rome are no doubt the rudest in the world.

    After driving round and round we eventually found the Avis drop off, very cunningly disguised as a multi storey carpark. Very glad to be rid of the thing and looking forward to exploring Rome!

  • Breaking this up into a separate post because there was lots to see!
    After getting through the security check and the clothes-etiquette check (slightly worrying because I had shorts on, instead of pants as recommended) we made it in and decided to go inside the Basilica before climbing the dome.

    Again, wow, what a gigantic impressive building!
    Very pretty though not as ornate as some other churches I've been to - probably because detail would get lost in this huge expanse. Again it doesn't feel as vast and imposing as it really is - Rick Steves explains that many features inside help it feel a bit more intimate, like the statues further up columns actually being larger than the closer ones and the altar canopy (#4, with nice God-rays behind) filling some of the vertical space.

    Among the many amazing sculptures was Michelangelo's Pietà (#5), and one I took a really terrible photo of, that turned out to be the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII ( - I love the way the stone looks so much like cloth.

    And I took a pretty sweet photo sphere that is now viewable only on my phone because Google removed the web viewer, grrr :{
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  • We tried to book a tour for Vatican City but shortly later got an email saying that it wasn't available. But we'd learnt that we'd probably be able to get a decent tour if we just went to the entrance as there were so many guides asking if we wanted to go on a tour the day before. On arrival a nice enough looking man, english wasn't flash, asked if we'd like to go on a tour, then he pulled out his brochure and showed us the route/prices. He turned around for a second and Nick says "Seems legit, he's got a brochure." and with that the decision was made to go. He should've told us "I'm just going to take you to the tour group at our office.". Instead he just said "You come with me." and started walking. It got a bit weird for a minute as we followed him away from the entrance for about a block but we were relieved when we met up with a tour group and a well spoken lady giving the tour. Again, another amazing tourist site with so much to look at. The highlight was the Sistine Chapel, I found it interesting that Michael Angelo almost went blind painting it due to his stance and the paint falling into his eyes. No wonder he depicted himself as an elderly man skinned alive!

    Afterwards we drove to our next destination in Tuscany, San Gimignano. Nick is really getting in to Italian driving!
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  • As with the Louvre, the artwork is so beautiful and there is so much of it it's overwhelming. I took so many pictures that it would take forever to post them all here. It's hard to select just a few. There was beauty on every square inch of ceiling, wall and floor.

  • The Sistine Chapel absolutely took our breath away! The beauty of it was beyond words. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures, but I did get a couple from the doorway right before we stepped inside.

  • The last big things to see in Rome were in Vatican City (with impressive walls, #1). First, we went to see the Vatican Museum (including the Sistine Chapel).

    The museum is half about the items on display, and half about the rooms themselves, with their beautifully painted ceilings and walls (#2,3) (by famous names like Raphael and Michaelangelo but not quite on the level of Versailles IMO).

    At some point, the crowd all begins moving in one direction, and you're trapped in a human mass conveying you along a winding route to the Sistine Chapel. I was a bit disappointed by this: I'm sure many people just want to see the Chapel and could take a more direct route, while those that actually want to stop and admire the rooms get pushed along (if you're afraid of crowds just don't bother).

    The Chapel itself was impressively painted, and made appreciable with Rick Steves again, pointing out and explaining the features. The quiet hum in the sardine-packed Chapel was frequently interrupted by a jarring man on a loudspeaker booming "SHHHHHHHHHH. SILENCIO. SILENCE. NO PHOTOS. NO VIDEOS". Kinda ironic.
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