Hello, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you to my visit to Vatican. I visited Vatican city 15 years ago for the first time. At that moment, I was too young to think about arts or history. I just remember endless art pieces and the massive amount of visitors.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with 44ha. It’s inside Rome. It has been the center of Roman Catholic, which enabled the Vatican Museum to have immense collection of Roman sculptures and masterpieces in Renaissance era .
I reserved the early entrance plus audio guide ticket which allowed me to enter into the museum before it opens. I met my guide in front of the Vatican entrance around 7:30 and got into the museum.
You can take pictures freely in Vatican except one place, the <Sistine Chapel>. The guide told us it’s better to go directly to the chapel because it’s one of the most important place in Vatican where you can see <The Last Judgment> by Michelangelo and other famous paintings. Thus, I went there directly and had enough time to enjoy the masterpieces in peace.
The Chapel opens at 8:00 a.m. When we arrived at the Chapel, there was a line to get in because it was 7:55 a.m. Unlike other places, the Chapel seems to respect the opening hours. Before 9 a.m. the Chapel is relatively less crowded. You would have enough time to enjoy the paintings with guide’s explanation(or audio which I used it). I got lost in the museum thus I went to Sistine Chapel three times(around 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). In the afternoon, the room was packed with people. Not only it was difficult to move but also to appreciate art works.
Those artworks above are two of the famous art pieces in Vatican. The first one is <Belvedere Torso>, which is a marble statue of a male sitting down. It’s unclear when the statue had been made, but it inspired many artists including Michelangelo and Raphael. According to wikipedia, it is said that Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to complete the statue, but Michelangelo respectfully declined because the statue was so beautiful to be altered.
<The School of Athens> is placed in one of Raphael rooms. In the center of the painting, you can see Plato and Aristotle discussing together. Other than those two, most of people in the painting is well-known. You may appreciate more if you have some background knowledge of this painting. Also there’s Raphael, the painter, looking at the audiences with in the picture.
As I mentioned above, the museum has tons of collections and visitors. If you’re visiting by yourself try to get a map so that you can see all the artworks you planned to see. The visit of the museum ends at the Sistine Chapel where you can start again or finish your visit.
The last Sunday of each month, the museum is free or charge.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Address : Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
Hours : 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Last entry, 4 p.m.)
Tickets : Many combinations are available. Basic ticket (open tour for an adult) costs € 17.00, reservation fee € 4