Rome Guide: Part II

Our first morning until early afternoon in Rome on Good Friday, was spent at the Vatican.

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After security and ticket checks, we made our way into the Vatican Museum. Be sure to book your tickets in advance!

After corridors of endless tapestry, sculptures and paintings by Michelangelo, we arrived at the entrance of the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel does not allow for photographs to be taken in it. Speaking is also not allowed which I personally think to be a great thing. However, there were a few disrespecting the rules. The chapel is the site of the Papal conclave which is the process where a new Pope is selected. It is most famous for the frescoes that decorate the interior and ceiling. The ceiling has 'The Last Judgement' painted by Michelangelo which depicts the Second Coming of Christ, as well as the final and eternal judgement by God of all humanity. These frescoes are unbelievable, intricate and delicate so it did not come as a surprise to learn that it took four years to complete. 

After visiting the chapel, we made our way for the lifts and stairs so we could get to the top of St Peter's Basilica. A quick trip in the lift and a frightening climb after, we eventually made our way to the top. The view did not disappoint and made up for the sweaty palms and increased heart rate.

We made our way down after soaking up the 360° views of Vatican City, where the route led us into St Peter's Basilica. After lighting a few candles and feeling more religious than I ever could, we left and found ourselves in St Peter's Square.

Hungry for lunch, we wondered around Vatican City for a while before heading into a restaurant back in Rome.

Vatican City definitely needs to be visited if you're in Rome or even Italy for that matter. Incredibly moving and beautiful even if you aren't religious. The rest of the day will be in a new blog post so be sure to check it out!

*Written on my previous blog but due to technical problems (when exporting) I couldn't transfer all posts and images over so I've gotten as many as I can.
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