We walked from our B&B to the Vatican City and it only took us around 25 minutes to get there. In fact it was faster to walk than to take the metro or the bus. The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is governed by an absolute elected monarchy ruled by the Pope. We purchased our Vatican Museums tickets online to avoid the queue there. It’s good to go early because there’s always a long line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.
St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican is the largest Roman Catholic church in the world and it’s built over the tomb of Saint Peter. Italy’s greatest architects assisted in designing the church, highlighting the works of Bramante, Michelangelo, and Raphael. It’s absolutely stunning inside! The large doors and decorated ceiling at the entrance don’t even begin to prepare you for what you’ll see inside.
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
The magnificent dome designed by Michelangelo.
The artwork is incredible!
It was really packed with people inside the basilica but with a little patience we managed to see everything. After spending a considerable amount of time in St. Peter’s, we just made it in time for our afternoon time slot at the Vatican Museums.
Gordon says definitely get the audio guide!
The Vatican Museums literally have miles of corridors that display incredible works of art. It’s the largest museum in the world showing only a fraction of the art held in the Vatican. Like St. Peter’s Basilica, the museum was super busy with visitors and a great deal of patience was required to see everything. I loved the maps room!
The frescoes in the papal apartments are magnificent!
The egyptian collection is amazing!
The tapestries are all beautifully preserved.
This certainly is one of the most beautiful museums we have ever visited!
The grand finale in the museum is the Sistine Chapel. The ceiling and walls are covered with amazing frescos by Michelangelo. The altar wall showcases Michelangelo’s incredible fresco ‘The Last Judgement’.
What an incredible day we had visiting the Vatican City!
Where we stayed: Domus Trevi 👍