Continuing to tell you about my holidays…
We started the morning ‘exploring’ the Coliseum and The Forums in Rome and then got the wrong information about the bus stop to go the Vatican. Only when we were inside the bus I realised that we didn’t have the tickets for the bus (in Italy the tickets are sold in the newsagents and tobacco shops and not inside the buses). We decided to drop off in order to avoid a fine (in England they are really expensive), and that meant we had to walk a lot to reach the walls of the Vatican. All part of the adventure.
We got there and once I saw St Peter’s Square I knew I had to see the Sistine Chapel. To get to the Sistine Chapel you have to go through the Museum of the Vatican (The Sistine Chapel is the last part of it). The famous spiral staircase of the museum leads us to one of the greatest art collections in the world. No wonder the huge rooms of the palace with all kinds of art collections left me speechless. I had been to famous museums in Europe before but the Vatican really surprised me, not only because of the art collection but because of the architecture and fine details of the paintings on the ceilings of each room and long corridors.
Approaching the Raphael’s Salon it becomes breathtaking, The enormous rugs and panels from the 11th century are gorgeous, showing famous scenes of the bible. Once we reached Raphael’s area I was mesmerised. No wonder he is considered a giant of the Renaissance. While walking I heard one of the tour guides saying that “Raffaello’s paintings are beautiful but once we see Michelangelo’s we understand why he is the master of all times”.
We needed to switch off all cameras prior to entering the chapel, photos are not allowed, so I’m afraid I have no photographs taken but got the following pictures from the net.
The last stop was a prayer at St Peter’s Basilica, a private time and a lot to thank for.
Even if you are not catholic, I truly recommend a visit to the Vatican city, only there you can see the masterpiece of Michelangelo (the Sistine Chapel), Raphael’s and many other geniuses. It’s no doubt one of the most amazing places I have ever seen.