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Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal We Who Love Rome Salute You!
Gold Coast, Australia
July 11, 2003
It stretches 109 acres and even has its own postal system, separate to that of Rome and also, jail and service station etc. for those who reside on the inside.
As you can see from the phot below, the grounds are maintained to the highest of standards and it seemed like there is a whole new world inside.
From journal St. Peters Basilica - WOW!
Merritt Island, Florida
May 19, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
New York City, New York
March 15, 2003
From journal Enjoying Rome
by de Witt
June 10, 2002
The rest of the Vatican is amazing as well. Walking around is like exploring an art text book.
For a listing of prices and times, check this website.
From journal Rome, the Vatican and Italy
by Jose Kevo
October 18, 2001
I'd have to presume the Vatican Museum encompasses one of the top three art collections in the world. I write "presume" because before my experience here, I never considered myself the museum type; especially one for the arts. How that did change! Even not knowing much about anything when it comes to paintings, sculptures and other forms of masterpieces, I was recognizing "original works" that I'd seen in Bibles, story and textbooks all my life. Those looking to see familiars of the same, the Pinacoteca wing contained the largest collection of 15-19th century paintings including 'The Transfiguration'; the painting Raphael had almost completed before his death. The Pinacoteca areas are all but darkened allowing smaller spotlights to further showcase the impressive works.
The Eyewitness Rome has a pretty indepth key for all the different floors/wing with detailed information about highlights...but I didn't use it. I was surrounded, engulfed by art from the frescoed gold-gilted ceilings to the mosaic tiled floors. There's not enough film in Rome to photograph all the impressive, intriguing things you'll see; photos allowed everywhere but in the Sistine Chapel. And aside from the "mental overload intake" on the arts, take time to glance at some of your fellow tourists. That dazed look on their faces will likely best summarize what you'll be feeling but can't explain!
The lower hallway off the courtyard dedicated to Greek & Roman art reminded me of some gradeschool Show & Tell art project at PTA night. There was every size of head-bust and miniature sculptures laid out on tables/shelves, individually labeled, intact or severely mangled and all but vyeing for one's attention like could only come from a proud parent of their child's work. Otherwise, it was too much!
Continuing back thru the opened end of this exhibition hall was a good path for checking out the Bramante Stairway; a circular path built in a square tower as an entrance to the once palace. This area also feeds into rooms with larger sculptures; the Laocoon Trojan Priest (photo posted) a must see, and the Egyptian/Animal sections.
There's "supposed" to be a one-way course to follow through the museum, though, it'd seem, most don't. Was also disappointed not to find a good photographing angle for the "well shot" spiral stairway ramp which was used for the exit - not the entrance.
From journal CRASHCOURSE - Modern Day Gladiator 101
July 19, 2001
From journal ROME
May 22, 2001
The statues in the Church are very beautiful. Micheal Angelo's famous La Piata, now protected by glass after an attempt to vandalize it several years ago, is absolutley breathtaking.
You can also go to the top of the dome to the roof of the church. An elevator takes you to the first balcony overlooking the main altar; to reach the roof you must climb a lot of very narrow steep steps, but if you can physically do it, it is well worth the trip. The view of Rome from the roof was just too beautiful to describe.
The Swiss Guards, still wearing the uniforms designed by Micheal Angelo, are very interesting. We did manage to make one of them smile.
At the top of the Dome there is a small gift shop and a mailbox to mail your postcards that are postmarked from Vatican City.
From journal Rome
April 15, 2001
From journal Rome,A Spectacle At Any Time
April 5, 2001
once at vatican city, your visit really would not be complete without a stop at the museum of the vatican, which cost 18,000 lire (about US$9) to get in and was worth double the entry price to be able to stand inside the sistine chapel and look skyward to see michelangelo's face of god.
From journal italy in august when all the italians are on vacation