When I first started planning my trip to Rome I selected four things that I really wanted to see. Because of time constraints, I was only able to witness two of them. Vatican City, Sistene Chapel and the "Colosseum". I researched the Sistene Chapel and found out that I could purchase my ticket online therefore not having to stand in that extremely long que. I am so glad that I did. As I remember, it was only about $20 USA. I made a copy and put it away for safe keeping. From my Hotel, I caught the Tram and got off at St. Peters Stop. I walked the tree blocks and noticed right away the huge line. There are many people who would like you to hire them for an individual tour, keep walking.
What you will notice that there are two separate lines. Make sure you get in the one for ticket holders. (Trust me; you will be so glad that you purchased your ticket before leaving home). Once you have entered the Museums, you will be directed upstairs to get you ticket stamped and then you are on your way. (OK, I will admit, that I thought that I could just walk into the Sistene Chapel, no problem. Not). You have to walk through about 150 different museums before even getting to the "Chapel. Ok, here I go. I walked through all the museums, looking at naked statues, animals, tapestries and various other goods. As I walked along, I also looked up at the ceilings and got a crook in my neck. I fondly remember looking down a hallway behind these large gates. I asked the security guard that was sitting here about it and he said that at the end of the hallway is where the Pope's apartment is. Gosh, I wanted to meet him and maybe fix him a little breakfast of grits and bacon. I was amazed at all the things hanging on the wall. The guard stated that even the "pope" doesn't know what is in all the museums.
Even though I am not a museum person, I did enjoy the museums I walked through. It is a lot to see and take in. There are places to go to the bathroom, purchase souvenirs or get a bite to eat. I really liked the tapestries. I mean these things are wall size and just amazing. I so enjoyed the many huge and I do mean huge solid Marble bathtubs. I was tempted to climb in one but I think that I would have been arrested. Finally, I noticed the door to the "chapel". (by the way, I hope that you purchased a "all day bus pass" because this will take up most of you day).
The room of the Sistene Chapel is rather small. I thought that maybe it would be huge, it is not. It does hold a lot of people but they are packed in there and there is no place to sit unless someone moves from one of the side ledges which I did. I just looked at the ceiling. It is truly amazing and a lot to look at. I then proceeded to get my camera out. There are security everywhere shaking their fingers at you and telling you not to take pictures. As soon as their backs were turned, cameras went off. Sure you can purchased post-card with the Sistene chapel but you really do want your own. I surely can understand them not wanting cameras with flash to go off because it does damage the surface of things. After I left the "Chapel" I walked outside and had a nice little break. I still had St. Peters to do. Overall, it was a terrific outing and I enjoyed it.
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