Vatican City wasn’t at all how I thought it would be. Some aspects of it were far more awesome than I had imagined and others that I thought I would love I didn’t really enjoy at all.
With limited time in Rome, I didn’t want spend bloody ages stood in a queue waiting to go inside the Museum, so I booked my ticket online, directly from the Vatican, it cost €20 rather than €16, but there was no queue at all. 30 minutes before my allotted time, I walked passed the 500 people that were waiting to go in, to a separate entrance just for people who had pre-booked, went through security and another special entrance (again avoiding a queue) and was straight inside – the whole thing took less than 10 minutes. This is the link for tickets.
Make sure you pick up a red map from the information desk, which will tell you where you’re going, there isn’t a huge amount of choice, once you go into the main area, you have to follow the route around the museum with everyone else, but it is nice to know where you are.
Outside of the ‘main area’ my favourite museum was the Museo Missionario Etnologico, which had some amazing displays of gifts that have been given to the various Pope’s throughout the years and some fascinating artefacts from around the world. I kind of stumbled across it coming out of the cafe and I absolutely loved it.
What can you expect once you’re inside, well, you can expect to be completely and utterly overwhelmed. There is so much to try to take in and there are so many people, it is pretty tough going, completely worth it of course, but I left feeling exhausted!
The building itself, especially the ceilings are a work of art on their own, add into it thousands of artefacts, sculptures and pieces of art and your camera won’t know what has hit it.
Once you’ve done the loop of the museum and head towards the exit, there are some fabulous views to enjoy as well a model of the Vatican.
After the museum, I took a walk back round to St Peter’s Square, marvelled at just how beautiful it was, took one look at the queue for the Basilica and decided to visit next time I’m in Rome!
Vatican City is absolutely beautiful, just seeing the Museum will take you an entire day, so if you want to see anything you’ll need at least one other day, if not two to see everything it has to offer. Being a separate territory, you can also add another place to your ‘countries I’ve visited list’
Have you been to the Vatican – what did you think?