The Vatican City State is the world’s smallest state in terms of population or size. It is situated in the city of Rome, Italy. On my first full day in Rome, I went on a Vatican tour.
I’m not sure how the Vatican admissions process works. I believe having a tour guide is essential, but it’s possible that it’s merely required to skip the wait. I joined a tour group and was given wireless headsets before being brought into the Vatican.
We entered through an entrance building and proceeded through the museum. After that, we all reassembled in a courtyard, where our guide recounted several topics I’d forgotten about.
This sculpture appeared out of place, yet it was interesting.
Outside, there were some pots that appeared to have been thrown in as an afterthought. They appeared to be cool and antique to me.
We had to wait outside for a time while the tour groups were allowed inside, if my memory serves me well. They were attempting to separate us. We were eventually allowed to enter one of the buildings.
The artworks I picked to photograph perhaps reveal more about myself than I’d like. This statue of a woman with a large number of breasts is… intriguing.
This doorway appeared to be quite beautiful.
This is yet another barrier. Oh, my goodness! I’m blown away by how cool this is.
The map room was the next stop on the tour. I’m sure there were maps on the walls, but I spent the entire time looking them up. My favorite part of the Vatican trip was this ceiling. Unfortunately, our obnoxious tour leader hustled us through this section so that we could visit the Sistine Chapel. If you ever go on a Vatican tour, skip the Sistine Chapel because it’s boring and you’ve seen a million images of it. If you ask me, the coolest stuff is in the map room.
We went to the Sistine Chapel after the map room. Because the rights to it were purchased by a company, photographs are prohibited. You can see how it appears here. I guess that was cool, and I’m sure it’s amazing to a lot of artists. It was a little tedious for me. I’m not sure what the big deal is. After a few minutes, I left. On the other hand, I could have easily spent an hour in the map room.
We went to a different portion of the Vatican, and the ceiling decorations there were just as lavish.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a sore neck when you leave the Vatican. I couldn’t get my mind off the ceilings. I’m still unable to do so.
The Vatican also has some interesting doors.
This archway’s dragon was one of my favorites. Is that a dragon wearing a crown?
This is the Basilica of St. Peter. The trip concluded when we arrived, and we returned our headsets to the guide. Then we were free to go at our own speed.
This church was fantastic even if you aren’t religious or follow a different religion. In fact, all of Rome’s cathedrals are magnificent. The cheapest and least crowded method to view a lot of art in Rome is to go to random churches. The other churches are truly hidden jewels, but St. Peter’s is neither cheap nor overcrowded.
I seem to recall there being a large line to go into St. Peter’s. I didn’t want to wait inside, so I stepped outside to photograph the structures.
Some of the entrances were guarded by Swiss Guards. I’m curious if they fought many conflicts in circuses or barbershop pole factories in the past because of the uniform design. It appears to be an unusual choice of camouflage.
Every edifice at the Vatican seems to have a slew of sculptures adorning it. It’s very nice, in my opinion.
Simply go through some turnstiles from this outdoor space and you’re back in Rome. I then proceeded to photograph Rome in great detail. It’s incredible, and I can’t say enough about it.
I returned to my apartment in Germany for a week or two after my time in Rome. I still had a meeting in Portugal with my mother to attend. Following that, I’d depart Europe and travel to Asia.
Keep an eye out for future posts in which I’ll take you on a tour of Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Then it was on to Southeast Asia. In the following days, my posting schedule will be a little strange. I’ve been doing work-related training and have been able to write blog pieces during my breaks. I’ll be working full-time soon, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update on a regular basis. I’m considering writing my entries at night and scheduling them for publication in the mornings. We’ll have to wait and see.