Borghese Gallery and Vatican City
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March 17th, 2009 – by: normrider2001
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.
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.
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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