...Wasn't Built in a Day
The Vatican Museums are free the last Sunday of the month, which just happened to fall on the weekend we were in Rome, so on my last day in Rome we intended to take advantage of this lucky coincidence. When we arrived it was relatively early, but the line was already crazily long. We soon discovered that we had forgotten about daylight savings, so it was an hour later than we had thought. In spite of this minor set back we braved the line and made it in.
There are a lot of really cool things in the Vatican Museum that I would love to go back and spend a whole day admiring. We got a kind of whirlwind tour of it in our roundabout rout to the Sistine Chapel, where we spent the brunt of our time. The ceiling and the Last Judgement really are amazing. I have to admit that I regret respecting the no photography rule, as google images is failing me. Ah well, pictures can’t really do it justice. The detail is just insane!
After that we stood in yet another line to get in St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the biggest church in the world. They are quite proud of this fact, and made sure to emphasize it by recording the length of other churches with gold lines on the floor of the nave.
In spite of (or perhaps due to) the haughty attitude of its builders, the interior of St. Peter’s is stunning.
Sadly, I didn’t get to go up in the dome because I had to make it to the airport, but I did manage to grab a last thing of gelato to end to the trip. It was so much fun to be able to travel with Caro and RJ and I think Rome is my new favorite city. I didn’t want to leave!