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Borghese Gallery and Vatican City

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In front of St. Peter's Square
We started early today because we had an appointment at the Borghese Gallery at 9 AM. We needed to be there by 8:30 so we didn't lose our reservation. We took the 116 minibus to the gallery.

When we got to the gallery we got the English language tour at 9:10 AM for 6 euro each. It ended up being a great tour. The guide was an art historian so she had a great knowledge of the sculptures and the paintings. The main sculptures of importance were by Bernini. Every room was ornately decorated. A lot was from a 19th century restoration. This gallery is truly one of the nicest galleries we went to. The size is manageable and the art is incredible.

After the gallery we took the trusty 116, back to our area. We stopped at the Campo dei Fiori produce market.
Flo in front of St. Peter's Basilica
Flo bought necklaces there and I bought Sicilian oranges. We had lunch at a restaurant called Cul de Sac very close to Piazza Navona. I had a selection of meats and chesses and Flo had the lasagna and a second course of meatballs. This meal was very good. The price was also reasonable.

After lunch, we had a tour of the Vatican booked for 2:30 PM. The tour met at a church near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. We had instructions on how to get to the meeting place from the metro stop, but I tried to get there via the bus. I made an incorrect assumption about the bus routes to the Vatican. We took a bus to get to the other side of the Tiber river. My first plan was to get to the metro station so we could follow the directions from the metro, but I got off at the wrong bus stop and we were on the other side of the Vatican from where our tour met.
Old entrance to the Vatican Museums
After we got off the bus, we asked some people where our meeting place was. We had to run towards St. Peters Square, across the square and around the other side of the Vatican. We were late for our tour, but luckily we did make it.

The Vatican Museums were immense. I thought the Louvre was big until I saw this place. Our tour was quite meaty. It covered a lot including many sculptures, the Sistine Chapel and the history of the chapel, and the St. Peters Basilica. St. Peters Basilica is an enormous church. We had about 4 hours in the Vatican and there was a lot more we could see. Like many big museums it could take you weeks to go through all of the art work.

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In front of St. Peters Square
In front of St. Peter's Square
Flo in front of St. Peters Basili…
Flo in front of St. Peter's Basil…
Old entrance to the Vatican Museums
Old entrance to the Vatican Museums
Weird globe in the museum
Weird globe in the museum
One of the many sculptures.  There…
One of the many sculptures. Ther…
I believe this is an ancient Greek…
I believe this is an ancient Gree…
In St. Peters Basilica
In St. Peter's Basilica
The obelisk in the middle of St. P…
The obelisk in the middle of St. …
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