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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 30, 2010
From journal Going to Rome!
Radlett, United Kingdom
October 16, 2009
From journal When In Room
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal We Who Love Rome Salute You!
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
December 20, 2005
The lush lawns and amazing artwork in the Vatican is absolutely breathtaking. I'm Jewish and I still felt a sense of awe while visiting this tiny "country."
Give yourself a lot of time when traveling to the Vatican, because the line to get in is about an hour-long wait, even during the off season. Also, girls must have covered shoulders and cleavage. It was very humid the day we went (of course, it was the middle of June). So I suggest you layer with a light shirt you can take off after you leave the Vatican walls. We first went into the Sistine Chapel. I thought of all the slides I saw in my art history class. They don't do the works any justice. All the pictures you have ever seen are nothing compared to the real thing (unlike the Mona Lisa, which I wasn't too impressed with, but that's another story for another journal).
I didn't feel any religious weight while in the Vatican, but I did feel the weight of history. I thought of all the men who had walked through the courtyard before me and all the decisions that they were making.
There is daily Mass (multiple times a day) held at Saint Peter's Basillica. There is a section off to the side for pews, while the rest of the church is open to tourists. If you are of the Catholic faith, you are free to sit in the pews (prayers in Latin, of course).
From journal First Day in Rome
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
by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
November 24, 2000
The Vatican’s Museum Complex houses one of the most impressive religious art collections in the world. The collection embraces art representations of art of every epoch and era.
Within the Sistine Chapel, we marveled at several of the masterpieces of Michelangelo, including his frescoes of the Creation,on the Ceiling and the Last Judgment, on the alter wall. A restoration of his works in 1998 once again revealed the magnificent color he used in his work.
Our guide took us to a small gift shop located just around the corner from St. Peters Square where we found some very reasonably priced religious items. Delicate rosary bracelets and tasteful leather bookmark made excellent souvenirs for our Catholic friends back home.
REMINDER: Attire which covers shoulders and knees should be worn by both men and women when visiting Vatican City. Flash photos and Video are not permitted in the Basilica, Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Some require that cameras be checked.
From journal Three Coins In The Fountain
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
December 12, 2005
From journal Bella Italia