Seeing the Sistine

Well, if you want to beat the crowds and move around at your leisure, you book an early morning tour, get up at the crack of dawn, miss breakfast, but you will really have quality time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. Photographs were not allowed so you won’t see any unfortunately.

We brought our binoculars and sat on the benches and scrutinized every detail of Michaelangelo’s masterpiece. The Sistine Chapel consists of 46 panels painted in 48 months. From there we moved on to see the other parts of the Vatican. The wealth and beauty of the Vatican is unfathomable.

There was a first for us at dinner that night, we had a fried artichoke.

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The crowds in the street seemed to be bubbling over from the Rolling Stones concert the night before in the city park. Who would have thought, we could have been watching some 70 year old guys running around on stage.

Different colored marble used in this statue

Different colored marble used in this statue

Statue representing St. Peter

Statue representing St. Peter

Central dome of St. Peters Basilica

Central dome of St. Peters Basilica

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Check out the detail in the dome

Check out the detail in the dome

Saint Peters Basilica

Saint Peters Basilica

One of the many frescos in the Vatican

One of the many frescos in the Vatican

Vatican apartments

Vatican apartments

This is only a small part of the painting! Check out the detail

This is only a small part of the painting! Check out the detail

Mosaic tile art on the floor

Mosaic tile art on the floor

Remember to look up!

Remember to look up!

First ruler of Rome

First ruler of Venice

Hall of statuary in the Vatican

Hall of statuary in the Vatican

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Vatican museum hallway

Vatican museum hallway

Ceiling in the Vatican

Ceiling in the Vatican

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