You hear of Rome as a fabled city with triumphant victories, raging glory, religion and prestige. It is the home of Ceaser, Maximus and of course Gucci. After our teleportation to ancient battles, the coliseums glory and the Roman empire it was time to leave Italy… well, not exactly, Vatican City is located within the walls of Rome, it is a separate country with a separate government and military. Although their foods tastes strikingly alike, Vatican City is a separate country with beautiful art, amazing architecture and of course the Pope. So with our passports in hand it was time to go country hopping!
Vatican City, from the outside looks like a fort with aging walls and nothing of significance. From the outside, it is surrounded by flea markets, corner bakeries and office complexes. From the outside, it there weren’t for the hundreds of people camped out from 5AM in the morning to get into Vatican City we may have missed it completely.
However, once you walk into the Vatican Museum (the only way in and yes expensive) all you see is beauty, from marble floors, to renaissance art, to gold crested hand rails (could have been bronze) everything is simply majestic and beautiful.
On the guided tour we took around Vatican City we were able to see 11 beautiful museums filled with art, elegant indulgence such as a multimillion dollar pure marble bathtubs, sculptures from the eighth century, the Sistine Chapel and of course the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica.
St. Peters Basilica was breathtaking, it was gigantic. Gods house is able to hold more people than the house that Jerry built, and within Gods house Jerry’s Dallas Cowboys would look like ants. The interior included Michelangelo’s dome, marble floors, thirty foot high statues, isles large enough to let light armored infantry units through and of course the Pope’s pew.
A fantastic end to a fantastic city, our last and final stop is Capri, images from there will be posted on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!