So this is Day Three in Rome and we had an amazing day. I think this was my favourite day out of all three. We got the subway train to the Vatican city as it was about an hour walk and we knew we had a long walk around the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. We decided if we got the train there we could walk back.
St Peter’s Basilica
We went into the Vatican museums which was only 16 euros. This included the Sistine Chapel also.
The museum is massive and you get a map that shows you where everything is. If you only want to see The Sistine Chapel then you just follow the signs to go straight there. The Vatican Museums are so vast that you can’t really appreciate everything you see. I would suggest you have a good look beforehand to make up your mind what you would like to see.
The Egyptian Exhibit
The Greek Exhibit
The stunning painted ceilings
Beautiful architectural detail
Floor made from lapis lazuli
The Map Room
We visited The Sistine Chapel and we weren’t allowed to take any photographs or videos but it was well worth the look.
After viewing the entire Vatican Museums (or what felt like the whole thing), we made our way back round the outside and went into the St Peter’s Basilica area to wait in the queue for the Basilica. We waited in the queue about thirty minutes.
You can pay extra to do the vatican city, sistine chapel and then go straight through to the basilica but this cost around 80 euros and for the sake of a thirty minute queue, st peter’s basilica was free.
There was some construction happening on the centre fountain in the middle of St Peter’s Square. We visited here on the Wednesday when the Pope gives his papal address. You can see this for free with a lot of notice but we didn’t realise this in advance. This meant it was a little bit busier than it is usually.
When we got inside of the basilica we decided to go straight up to the cupola. Now it costs 6 euros for the stairs and 8 euros for the elevator.
The first stage is to get into the side of the cupola. You can see the painted ceiling and the dome from up close.
After this, you can then go down to the exit or you can go up to the outside of the cupola. If you are claustrophobic, then I would go finish your tour there. The stairs are quite tight and there are a LOT. I felt quite poorly walking up the stores due to the tightness of the space. Obviously as the dome bends in, so do the stairs! However, the view is absolutely incredible and well worth it.
There is a little cafe on the roof. Both Chris and I needed the little sit down and have a refreshing drink. Chris didn’t feel too good for the majority of the day, so this was well earned before we made our way back down all of the steps with our jelly legs.
The inside of the basilica is stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. It has completely ruined any future church for me as it was just so incredible. Every inch was covered with art or statues. I think we probably should have been around this part first before the top part. We didn’t appreciate this enough because of how tired we were after the climb.
We decided to walk over to the Piazza del Popolo so we had to make our way back to the river side. We went past the Cast Sant Angelo which is also featured in Angels and Demons. This is an amazing building and it is also now a museum but we didn’t get chance to have a look around.
We made our way to the Piazza del Popolo and it was beautiful. There were a lot of restaurants around the Piazza. There was also a church but we decided to get lunch instead.
We went to the Canova restaurant which was around the Piazza del popolo. This was a lovely lunchtime meal and we both got sandwiches and fries.
We got a taxi back to our hotel afterwards. This was because we were both so knackered we couldn’t have walked another step. With taxis, you don’t have to tip as it isn’t expected. There were a lot congregated around the main sites.
That night, Chris was quite poorly so I just picked up a bite to eat at the hotel.
The next morning, we got our transfer back to the airport and flew home.
We had the most amazing time and Rome was absolutely beautiful. It was one of the best places I have ever been. The culture, the art and the atmosphere was all breathtaking. I think the most standout for us was the all of the history mixed with the modern.
Have you been to Rome? If so, what did you enjoy??