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Rome Day 8 – The Vatican

It’s our last touring day in Rome and we visited the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica with a tour group. I’m really glad we didn’t try this on our own — it is very complicated and crowded to get into the Museums. We started at 8:00am and spent a good amount of time trading our receipt for a scan ticket and then going through airport style security, our guide giving us stickers for our shirts and taking a GPS device for herself (I think to keep her on time). It’s quite a production.
Once we were in the galleries, the art wonders just rolled out before us. Greek, Roman, (we missed the Etruscan and Egyptian items), mosaics, tapestries, paintings, frescoes, maps, and more were above, below and around us. The pace was fine but always moving. Dozens (hundreds?) of other tour groups were ahead of and behind us. The guides did their best to keep distance between groups and gave us good information on the major pieces as we sailed by them. I’m glad we had studied the art books back in Colorado so that many objects were already familiar.
The 35 rooms we visited culminated with our entrance to the Sistine Chapel. I have no words to describe it. I was reduced to saying ‘wow’ over and over to myself.
The second part of our tour was of the basilica of St. Peter. I took a couple of pictures, but I’m not sure they can give any sense of the space.

A side chapel in St. Peter's basilica gives a sense of the intricate marble work.

A side chapel in St. Peter’s basilica gives a sense of the intricate marble work.

 

Bernini's bronze canopy over the high altar at St. Peter's. Some of the bronze came from the Pantheon's dome.

Bernini’s bronze canopy over the high altar at St. Peter’s. Some of the bronze came from the Pantheon’s dome.

 

The sublime Pieta by Michelangelo now sits out of reach behind bullet proof glass.

The sublime Pieta by Michelangelo now sits out of reach behind bullet proof glass.

This is my last post from Rome. I hope to see you all soon! ciao

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4 Comments on “Rome Day 8 – The Vatican

  1. Tana Arther
    June 10, 2014

    We have all been enjoying your posts. It looks like an epic trip. We will be glad to see you sometime soon.
    Safe Travels. xo
    Tana

  2. Neno
    June 10, 2014

    Definitely saved the best for last!! Wonderful description and yes I certainly get a sense of the space from your images, though I’m sure it was nothing at all to being there in person. Did you make note of any of the images we learned about from the “Secrets of the Sistine” book we both read? I’ll be that was just eye opening!!
    Safe travels home my dear and I look forward to hearing further about your adventures. Love ya

  3. Jon
    June 10, 2014

    Arrivederci, Roma. It will be good to see back you home, and taking many contented naps on the couch. <*;O) X :.:

  4. Marti Lindberg
    June 10, 2014

    Such a lovely place to see! Safe travels. Maybe we will cross in the air as we fly to England!!

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