Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Bascilica
On this day we started off with a tour of the Vatican Museum, followed by the Michelangelo's masterpiece Sistine Chapel and finally the beautiful St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world.
The Vatican Museum was incredible to walk through. One of my favorite room was the "Map Room" with its rows and rows of detailed maps. All of the artwork was truly incredible to see. One of the things that stuck with me was "Nero's Bath" which is made of porphyry marble which cannot be found anywhere in the world anymore. The Vatican Museum holds 80% of all of it in the world. The purple/red color of the marble really catches your eye and is beautiful to see.
I loved looking at Michelangelo's paintings on the roof and altar wall of the chapel. It was truly awe inspiring to see his work. The only bad thing is the chapel is so jammed pack it's hard to enjoy the paintings without getting pushed and bumped constantly! I hate crowds but I'm glad I got to see this marvel in person, pictures don't do the paintings justice!
St. Peter's Basilica was beautiful, it to was crowded and it was cool to see the center markers for all the major cathedrals in the world marked out on the floor to represent on the tile floor where the other cathedral's ranked in terms of size compared to St. Peter's. Once you go out into the square and see how majestic the Basilica is and imagine all the people who have come to St. Peter's see the different Pope's through the years it really touches you. Even seeing the famous Swiss Guard who protect the Pope makes you love the Vatican City even more.
This tour was the perfect end to our time in Rome!