Vatican City

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A trip to Rome is not complete without visiting the Vatican City. While you can’t actually step onto the main grounds of the Vatican City, a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica square and church is permitted, as well as a visit to the Vatican Museums. We saved this visit on our last full day in the ancient city. It was a long day as we stood in the long line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica just after it opened. Fortunately, our wait was only a half hour or so before we made it inside the immaculate holy building. We were overwhelmed by the amount of people inside and because of the large crowds, we spent more time there than the time spent in line. Every person inside had their cameras snapping away at the most grandiose church we’ve ever seen. The enormity and elaborate details were impressive, and I wanted to explore its underground and secret rooms.

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After the holy visit, we took an early lunch break before we pursued the long day ahead of us at the Vatican Museums. When we arrived to the entrance of the museum, we were surprised there was no line. We walked right in and bought our tickets, already overwhelmed by the amount of things to see and the amount of people we would be crowding ourselves with. Nevertheless, we made it through most of the museums, but by the end of it we were getting tired of seeing religious paintings. Everything started looking the same even though they weren’t. We ended up at Musee Chiaramonti at the end, and it was a nice break to look at the Roman sculptures. It was our favorite museum out of them all, and my memory of Greek and Roman mythology was starting to come back to me as I looked at the different Gods and Goddesses.

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One of the courtyards inside the Vatican Museums.

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Musee Chiaramonti

The famous exit out of the Vatican Museums.

The famous exit out of the Vatican Museums.

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