Along with the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum, all tourists agree that the Vatican Museums are a must see when traveling to Rome. After all how could you get so close to the Vatican without paying a visit to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel? Recently, I went on LivItaly’s
Since we arrived early to the museum, our group was first in line and I was not able to truly understand the advantage of this until much later in our tour. Once we entered the museum, without hesitation, the guide took our group straight to the Sistine Chapel and it was no less than magnificent. With less than ten others in the chapel aside from our group it was almost completely silent, allowing me to truly appreciate the magnificence of Michelangelo’s work. The ceiling alone was breathtaking and with such silence the severity of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment was almost chilling. And this was only the beginning.
The tour continued with visits to other famous historical works such as the Lacoon, the Belvedere torso, the Raphael rooms and many more. As the day went on the museum got progressively more and more crowded. Just trying to get around the large, crowded tour groups was enough to make me appreciate our small and mobile group. Later, we passed through the Sistine Chapel once again and this time it was completely packed. Not only was it crowded, but it was no longer silent. Guards were constantly reprimanding people for taking pictures and telling them to be quiet.
Although getting out of bed in the morning was admittedly a struggle, like I said, it was most definitely worth it. Not to mention, I was so enthralled with the experience and amazed by what I was seeing that I did not even feel tired until after the tour was done. And by that time it was nothing that a nice shot of Italian espresso couldn’t fix.