The Pope is rich!
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I had quite the day today. I jumped on the metro to make my way to the Vatican City to check out their museums, and along the way I was serenaded by a gypsy armed with a karaoke machine. When I finally hit the wall surrounding the Vatican, I saw a line a mile long. I told myself, if I get in by noon, it'll be worth it given the closing time. After about an hour and a half wait, I finally got in there! I almost jumped ship but the line moved pretty quickly. It's probably a good idea to get out of bed earlier than I did if you want to avoid the lines.
I basically was most interested in the Sistine Chapel of course. I snaked through the museums, past a lot of sculptures, tapestries, old maps, and paintings I probably should've spent more time looking at, until I reached it.
After I sat in there for about 45 minutes overwhelmed, I moved to the paintings. I saw Raphael's Transfiguration, an unfinished painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and lots of Madonna and Child paintings.
After viewing the wealth of the church, I decided to head toward the Basilica. The plaza was grand enough, and at first I thought I would skip going inside. I mean, I've already been to the Basilica block party (in Mpls) :) However, I decided since I met dress code I might as well go inside. It was just about time for the last mass of the day as well. I forgot about the wax Popes in there! Got some photos of those, including nuns praying in front of one, and witnessed a mass in Latin. I went downstairs to the Popes' tombs and got as close as I ever will to the last Pope. His tomb was plain white marble, but well attended.
The day was winding down and my feet were hurting, so I made it to some piazzas to chill (lots of those here) and then back to my hostel. Very fulfilling day in Rome!