Vatican and St. Peter's Basillica, WOW

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The day we ended up deciding to go to the Vatican and see the museums and the square and basillica was both a good and bad day. On one hand the vatican had been closed for two days so we couldn't have gotten in till this day anyway but on the downside because of that the line to get into the museums was horribly long. To make it worse the whole walk from the subway to the vatican we had people hounding us every few feet (literally) to "take their tours and jump the line because it will be a 3 hour wait for sure". When we had almost arrived at the line a guy stopped us and gave us the speal again and we actually considered it until I (Jackie) asked how big the groups were. He couldn't flat out lie so he said that yeah they were really big. That to us would be worse than standing in a line for three hours so we immediately said no and got in line. Of course in line people continued to bother us even though we would shake our heads before they even said anything. At one point we saw one of the tour groups walking towards the entrance and we had to laugh because it was absolutely massive and looked just awful.

  I think the line up actually took us just under 2 hours, not the 3 hours they had promised us it would be, and so we were happy. Once inside it didn't take us long to realize that the museums aren't really in an orderly line or anything, there are a few different routes you can take so we picked a sign with what looked like it included the most number of exhibits and followed the signs. They all end at the Sistine Chapel so at least we knew we wouldn't miss that. The museums house sculptures, paintings, wall hangings, massive ceiling paintings, stained glass windows and all the other kinds of things you find in museums but of course it was no less impressive and we really enjoyed looking around at everything despite our claim that we are sick of museums.

 Once we finally came up to the Sistine Chapel we were excited to see what all the fuss was about. Sadly we were not allowed to take pictures. It was absolutely beautiful with all the paintings covering all the walls and ceilings. After we left we realized we were too busy admiring everything and hadn't spotted the most famous of the paintings (the one with the two man's hands touching and the angels hanging out on the clouds...we're so up on our art we don't even know the names, haha), oops! We felt a little silly but what can you do I guess. We continued on our exploration of the museums and when we finally had our full we made our way to leave.

 To our horror on our way out our dead battery symbol on our camera started to flash, which really sucked because we were now on our way around the corner to St. Peter's Square and Basillica! We made our way in the sweltering heat through the lines and security into the Basillica. We took a couple shots of the square and only one of the outside of the Basillica before we went in just to make sure we got them before the battery died. Inside we were absolutely astonished at how massive the place is. We can't describe just how big this place is and the pictures don't show it either, we were seriously impressed and had our mouths gaping open half the time while we had our heads back staring at everything. We thought of it like when you're little and everything seems so big, being in the Basillica is kind of like that. Not only is it massive but it's really beautiful too. We thought we had been in some great cathedrals on our trip but absolutely nothing compared to the Basillica! All through our touring of the place we kept snapping quick pictures and then shutting off the camera as quick as possible hoping that it would last as long as we needed. Once we had walked up and down the center aisle, around the stairs seen in the Davinci Code, and all through the side chapels we finally made our way out. We tried to take a few quick a shots outside but after a couple our camera went completely dead and we couldn't even turn it on so we made our way back to the hotel.

 At the hotel we collapsed again and napped since we were once more exhausted from the heat and walking around for hours. We also worked on the blog a bit and then once it was dark we got ready and went out to take pictures again (thanks to James taping the charger to the wall so it would stay in the plug in we had a fully charged camera again). We walked around and stopped to take pictures at the Trevi Fountain (of course cz it's so beautiful!), the Pantheon, one of the squares we had been to our first day, some old ruins along one of the main roads, some of Palentine Hill and finally the Colluseum. After walking around for so long we were wiped and headed to bed.
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