Vatican City Travel Blog› entry 24 of 26 › view all entries
June 30th, 2010 – by: coles
We got off at Cipro station and when we finally came to the museum entrance were dismayed to see a long line. I was hoping that this wasn't the line for reserved ticket holders. Fortunately the line was for those queuing to buy tickets and we were able to go in directly and pick up our tickets.
The Vatican Museum was amazing but the crowds and tour groups were relentless. The museum must have more or the same amount of visitors as the Louvre but there are many bottle necks between rooms and it is invariably in these bottle necks that a tour guide will choose to give a speech while his group blocks the way. It was kind of like traveling down a freeway where all the cars travel in groups and a driver may try and position himself in the relatively clear space between two groups of cars and trucks, all trying to overtake and pass each other, hurdling down the freeway in the same direction. The museum was well worth it and I'm glad we went but would like to return in the future maybe in the winter time when it is just crowded and not a zoo.
We eventually arrived at the Sistine Chapel but unfortunately the atmosphere wasn't pleasant and it was hard to concentrate on Michaelangelo's masterpieces.
After the Vatican we found a restaurant nearby and enjoyed a good lunch. By this time I had stopped taking notes in my book and forgot the restaurant's name and information. In fact I noticed that the tenor of my last two to three posts have been more irritable when I wrote about our hotel in Florence or my little rant about American tipping practices.
After lunch we walked to St. Peter's Square but on the way we saw the line of folks waiting in the ticket line for the museum. No exaggeration it was at least a half a kilometer long and it was very hot. The line extended from the entrance along the wall until it followed Via Barletta to the south for a little. When we saw the line for the security checkpoint for St. Peter's extending all the way around to the far side of the forum we quickly decided we would wake up early the next morning instead of waiting in that line in the heat.
From here we went to see the Spanish Stairs, had a drink nearby then made our way to the Trevi Fountain.
More later as I dig through the receipts so I can post about our dinner and the other places we saw that day.
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