The Vatican

We decided to take a tour to see the Vatican. There was a huge line to get in so we were glad to have a skip the line tour but, still, it was just packed with people. Even with a tour, we had to fight our way through crowds. We did a lot of standing and walking and were just exhausted at the end.

The entry to the museum.

A look from the back.

One of the ceilings. The floors were fabulous too, in fact some of the marble on the floors were made from material taken from the Colosseum and other monuments and are so rare they can no longer be found in nature.

A room of maps done the old fashioned way, going in person and walking, no views from up above with a drone or airplane.

One lady in the tour had this little Pope doll and took photos of it in front of everything.

Inside the cathedral, the Pieta by Michelangelo. It’s now behind a protective screen after a nut climbed up and started hitting it with a hammer in 1972. I saw it years ago before this happened.Michelangelo sculpted this when he was 24! We saw the Sistine Chapel too, by the way, but no photos were allowed.

Look at this crowd.

Great dome inside the cathedral.

One of the Swiss guards, a long tradition.

5 thoughts to “The Vatican”

  1. It’s great to see the Piéta and the Sistine Chapel, but then ditch the crowds and head to the world’s biggest collection of Egyptian artifacts. Yup. At the Vatican. I spent a few hours and was completely alone, except for the occasional guard (three of whom asked me on dates!!!! That’s how lonely they were!)

  2. The crowds are truly horrendous. My sister and I went last year. We had both been in the late seventies and it was so much more enjoyable. But I’m finding this to be true of pretty much all the famous sights in Europe.

    Because of the crowds, I didn’t take my grandchildren to the Vatican when they were with me in Rome. At 7 and 12, I felt it just would not have been worth it to them.

    I did take them to Versailles when we went to Paris, but I was disappointed by the crowds there, as well. And forget the Catacombs, the line is 2 hours long. There are just so many people traveling now than there were decades ago. Now I’m really enjoying seeing other not quite so well-known places.

    Paris, in particular, has so much to see that that most tourists who are in town for just a few days don’t get to nearly all of it. I loved the Carnavalet, Conciergerie and Galliera. But even Fontainebleau wasn’t that bad. I can’t wait to go back and see even more.

    And I feel the same way about Italy. I’m pretty much done with Rome and Florence, I think. The line outside the Duomo was around the freaking block. But I am thoroughly enjoying seeing other, less traveled parts of the country. Though I have to say, I find that Venice is still not so bad, surprisingly.

    In London, too, I find the crowds are more manageable. I don’t know why that is. In any case, there is so much fabulous stuff in Europe besides the most famous attractions that I’m really looking forward to discovering more of it.

  3. Linda, I love your pictures of the Vatican. I’ve never been inside, so it felt like you took me there.
    Are there times when Rome is less crowded? Maybe February?

  4. It was just that crowded when we were there 2 years ago in April. Thank goodness for timed-entry tickets – the only way to see museums these days. The only solo viewing experience I’ve had in recent years was in Krakow last Sept. I spent 5 minutes alone with Rembrandt’s “Lady With An Ermine.” Such a thrill. A bit different from viewing “Mona Lisa!”

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