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  • Day15

    Day 12&13

    June 12, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅

    Day 12

    Today we went into the Vatican City and into the museum and Sistine chapel which was amazing to see how they did everything by hand especially the paintings

    Day 13

    We slept in and then lazed by the pool all day and then I got sunburnt but only really badly on one side and packed up getting ready for the next stop!!Read more

  • Day28

    Vatican Gardens

    September 23, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅

    Today, we continued our mastery of the Roman public transport system and took the Metro to Vatican City. I had booked us in on a tour of the Vatican Gardens, because we could then skip the queues to the Museums + we also got access to the little door at the back right of the Sistene Chapel which gave us access straight into the Basilica (and when we saw that queue, were glad of the opportunity to do so). Do you get the idea that queues are an issue?

    The gardens were lovely but that is to be expected when there are 50 full-time gardeners employed to tend them. There were great views of the dome of the Basilica as you walked through the gardens. They are closed to tourists in the afternoon so that they can be used by the Pope and other residents of Vatican City in the afternoons. On the grounds is the apartment of the former pope, who apparently was in residence when we were there (something to do with windows being open etc).
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  • Day6

    Musei Vaticani

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅

    We decided to leave the Pope's public address a little early to beat the crowds to the Vatican Museum - and it worked!

    My absolute favorite piece in the Vatican museum was Raphael's "The School of Athens" (1509-1511) where famous minds and artists are depicted in one scene. Some that have been identified with certainty include Plato and Aristotle (in the painting's center), Socrates, Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, Zoroaster, Raphael (self portrait), Sodoma and Diogenes. This painting was not intended to represent a school that actually existed, but rather an ideal community of intellects from the entire classical world.

    Pro Tip: Use Rick Steves' Vatican Museum audio tour

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day7


    October 4, 2012 in Vatican City ⋅

    Der nächste Tag führt uns nochmals in den Vatikan. Mit einem Blick über die Dächer Roms beginnt unsere Führung durch die Vatikanischen Gärten. Immer wieder öffnet sich der Blick auf die Kuppel des Petersdoms, während wir durch die Gärten streifen.

    Kleine Marienkapellen, Marienstatuen,...

  • Day2

    2.nap: Vatikán múzeum és Sixtus kápolna

    April 27, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅

    Jó hosszú séta után odaértünk a Vatikánhoz és hála az online jegynek nem is kellett sorba állni. Hát nehéz lenne felsorolni azt a sok szép dolgot amit láttunk, szobrok, festmények, műtárgyak, múmiák és mire odaértünk a Sixtus kápolnába, már alig bírtuk menni. Amikor kijöttünk rögtön kapott mindenki egy jutalom fagyit , ami jól jött a közel 30 fokban.Read more

  • Day77

    Rome - Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel

    October 16, 2015 in Vatican City ⋅

    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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  • Day4

    Vatican City

    June 8, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅

    The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani) are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display.Read more

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