ROME DAY 2: VATICAN CITY
On the second day of our trip to Roma, and after spending the first day visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain, we went to the Vatican City, which is, as you probably know, the smallest sovereign state in the world (with an area of approximately 44 hectares, and a population of 842). Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. (wikipedia!)
We forgot to get our tickets to the museum online so we had to wait for aproximately an hour but it was absolutely worth it. There were astonishing paintings everywhere, amazing sculptures and of course, the Sistine Chapel. It is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Too bad we’re not allowed to take pictures (or talk!) inside the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling is breathtking!
We had lunch in one of the many restaurants inside the museums and then headed to St Peter’s Basilica, which is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of St. Peter, one of Christ’s Apostles and also the first Pope. If you’re passionate about sculptures, this is your heaven!
ST PETER’S BASILICA
And we finished our second day in Rome by visiting the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum. And seeing all his work and inventions, you understand why he is considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
LEONARDO DA VINCI MUSEUM
The Vitruvian Man