Vatican and St. Peter's Basillica, WOW
Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
173Trip End Dec 01, 2011
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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
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.