We sure could not spend time in
Rome without visiting the . The Vatican is the world’s smallest state, independent since 1929, with a population of 800. This walled city within Vatican covers 44 ha.(almost 109 acres) and is a self-sufficient community with its own stamp, currency, radio station and newspaper. The pope is head of the Apostolic Roman Catholic Church but he is also head of state with full judiciary, executive and legislative powers and the official language is Latin. Rome
It had been suggested that we take a tour and that was most definitely the best way to see the
. There is a security check, like the airport, at the entrance and strict dress code is enforced so check their webpage for that information. Our guide was fun and made what could be very boring information at times, very interesting and worth listening to, especially with that Irish accent! Vatican City
|Frescoe ceilings inside the Vatican Museums|
|Sculpture of Laocoon and his sons in Museo Pio-Clementino|
|Apollo Belvedere in Vatican museum|
Pinacoteca houses a room that is dedicated to Raphael. The room is lined with tapestries created by Flemish weaver Pieter van Aelst in 1517 after Raphael was commissioned to design the cartoons for the tapestries. The tapestry art form was considered a more prestigious one than paintings were during the Renaissance period and the cost for this completed work was five times what Michelangelo was paid for the Sistine Chapel.
This circular room has a beautiful mosaic floor to enjoy as a piece of art as well as the statues lining the walls. The Roman mosaic floors, made from tesserae colored marble, are very intricate works telling stories like this one of
The sculptures in the Sala Rotunda includes a bronze sculpture of Hercules from the second century AD that was found in 1864 under some travertine, the inscription found suggests that the statue was struck by lightening and so following Roman tradition, was buried on that spot.
The only place one does not get to take photographs is in the Sistine Chapel so you will have to visit to see the incredible works of art in there. We are brought into the large darkened room with the famous Michelangelo painted ceiling and quietly stand with many others who are here to admire and enjoy what we have read about in history books.
We spent a few hours on this tour and I will admit that I did get several hundred photos, there is so much to see in the great museums at the Vatican. Our next part of the tour was in St. Peter’s Basilica, more photos! View here. I will soon be adding more to the pages of our Roman holiday.