Raphael's fresco depicting Christianity's victory over paganism.
To get into the gates of Vatican City I had to wait a little over half an hour after rising early in the morning to find that a decently long line had already formed prior to them letting people inside; even though it was a weekday. Thankfully, and amazingly, this was the only line that I had to wait in to see an attraction during my entire trip in Europe! Getting through security with my tour group was hectic to say the least. State of the art facilities and security with throngs of poeple, kids, other tour groups scattering about to get everyone in the group through in a timely manner. We all met up just behind the check points, gathered our head sets (to hear our guide without him having to scream) and set off for an outstandingly informative and beautiful tour of the artwork inside the museum.
glass eyed statues
The Sistine Chapel was not as large as I had imagined it, St. Peter's Basillica was enormous, and the Swiss Guards looked silly but I knew they could kill me with mind bullets if they wanted to. As the tour finished off outside of the Basillica, the piazza was all set up ready for a Papal audience within the next few days. Crazy! As my title states, it's an unbelievable museum with fantastic frescos, tapestries, statues, sculptures, artifacts etc etc. The tour guide was insanely good at what he did. He had a charming British accent and looked a bit like Andrew Zimmer from Bizzar Foods on the Travel Channel. I wish I could remember what tour company he worked for and what his name was...but it was so long ago and I'm just writing this now. Shame on me, I know. He also gave tours of the sites around the Coloseum area. Last note: Gorgeous little place to stop for lunch nearby the Coloseum, "Cafe Cafe". Awesome little nook with great food/atmosphere. Some of the pictures I took of Rome
include Cafe Cafe were lost because the CD I saved them on broke on the trip back to the States. :(