Backpacking Europe-Vatican City

April 4, 2016

I feel like I should start this post by mentioning that I’m not a religious person.  I’ve surprised some people in the past when I’ve told them that I visited Vatican City.  However, this is such an important historical location that regardless of one’s faith, I still think it’s worth visiting.  So when I got to Rome, I devoted a whole day just to Vatican City and I was very glad that I did.

Vatican City:
This is the seat of the Catholic Church and at one time was the strongest power in Europe.  Vatican City is its own sovereign nation.  It’s the smallest country in the world with just over 100 acres and maintains its independence by having its own postal service and army of Swiss Guards.  It also has its own flag and anthem. Vatican City_DSCN0950

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St. Peter’s Basilica:
I was very happy that I had a my scarf with me and was wearing capri’s as you must dress modestly to enter: no skirts above the knee, shorts, tank tops or sundresses allowed. St. Peter's Basilica_DSCN0959

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Sistine Chapel
Seeing the Sistine Chapel in person was amazing.  Unfortunately, they don’t allow any photography.  The paintings were damaged in the past and The Vatican did a large restoration of the ceiling in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Now the room is climate controlled with special equipment that helps alleviate the pollution caused by visitors.  I did purchase a print of the Creation of Adam, as this is one of my favorite paintings of all time.

Vatican Museums:
My guidebook claimed “The Vatican Museums contain virtually the entire contents of every art book you’ve ever seen” which wasn’t an exaggeration.  I found myself snapping photo after photo of all the artifacts.  Since I know not everyone is as nerdy as I am, here are some highlights: Vatican Museum_DSCN0982

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Have you ever been to Vatican City?  What did you think?

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