Rome, the best till last.
Today I think we saved the best till last, The Vatican. We got to the Vatican Museum 1030. Once again the scalper’s were out, ‘Olla senor, avoid the queue 2 hour line up’, this is not true and I am not Spanish so it makes it easier to ignore them. It is a long line but we waited 40 minutes and was in. If we thought it was packed at all the other big ticket items in Rome this definitely took the cake. It almost felt as though all of the tourists in Rome were in the Vatican today with a tour guide.
We actually worked out if we walked between tour groups we would be able to have a little breathing space for ourselves, and listen in on some of the English speaking guides. It was really good inside, all the famous art work everything seems to look familiar, right there in the flesh.
It was a place that really took our breath away, the adjoining corridors are so long and full of art it is not funny, and then the roof, could really spend the day in the place if you could handle the constant bumping within the crowds.
We then reached the Sistine Chapel and the famous roof paintings by Michelangelo. It was really massive would be half a football field long, all the different paintings depicting something in each section.
We were told to move to the centre of the room and we were crowded in. We made our way to the middle and looked up, there it was, the famous hand of God reaching out to Adam. We just stood there for 10-15 minutes and then started to look around the roof. It really looked like some of the cornice was real and some was painted and appeared 3D.
Couldn’t believe the detail in the paintings, some of them really looked like they were reaching out to you, 3D. Every 5 minutes or so the crowd would get noisy and then over the loud speaker, in a deep Italian accent, ‘silence, quite please…no photo‘. The signs were everywhere no photos but people would persist with taking one and the mass security guards on show would come running. Better off taking a photo of a postcard on the exit, like me and then telling Summer ‘look at the stealth photo I took pretty good hey?’.
We left the Vatican museum 1345 and we were all extremely hungry. Went for a quick bite to eat at a little restaurant down the side alley. It was OK and reasonably priced. Then made our way to the Metro, however it was down for maintenance and due to open 1430. No problem we were there approx. 1420 so only had 10 minutes to wait, or so we though. The doors didn’t open by 1440 so we walked to the next station, doors still closed so we ended up walking to Piazza Del Popolo.
We tried the station their but it was still closed so walked via the Corso all the way to Coloseo Station a fair old hike but glad we did it, the Corso must be the main shopping strip and was packed with plenty to see and do all the way to Coloseo. All up the metro being down cost us 3 hours but it was worth it as we got to walk down the Corso past the Colosseum one last time. Back to Villa Bonelli station approx. 1930 I split from the girls went and got some dinner and met them at home.
This was our 4th Rome tour day in a row, we were all pretty tired.