Today our group visited Saint Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. Walking into Saint Peters Basilica was astounding, the immensity of the structure can only be realized by walking through it. There were so many sculptures and paintings all over the Basilica. Mini-chapels lined the side of the Basilica. It was nice to visit Saint Peters Basilica when it wasn’t incredibly crowded, I couldn’t imagine going in the summer! The Vatican Museum was very interesting, housing many artifacts from the ancient Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. We saw many sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and most impressive: many beautiful ceilings. The museum ended in the Sistine Chapel, the site of the famous Michelangelo painting on the ceiling. The painting was very well preserved, and although pictures weren’t allowed, I couldn’t help it and snuck a couple :). We had a very full but exciting day!
During our time in Rome it has been the wettest January on record. I guess we brought the Seattle rain with us! The fun fact for today’s blog is that the Vatican has their own independent air space, therefore no one can fly over it.
Arrivederci for now!