What to quote for this massive place full of the finest of the art, culture, history laden with stacks of praises on the amazing works of great Italian painters. One needs to be thoughtful on what to cover & what not to. As the complete museums & gallery stretches for 7 Kms, so we have to be highly selective to preserve the energy for the last of the magnificent stretch opening into "Sistine Chapel".
The best way to cover it selectively in a limited span of 3 hours & comprehend its history & culture is, to book the Vatican Museum tour with the audio guide.
Amongst the complete lot, not to miss are the magnificent which entails rooms frescoed by , having amazing collection of animal statues & mosaics.
Sistine Chapel with decorated ceiling from the scenes of Old Testament, witnesses one of the eminent scenes in the form of "Creation of Adam". The antique galleries presents some stupendous works in the form of "Resurrection of Christ - in tapestry Gallery", ceiling of the gallery of maps is worth big applaud.
Metro/Subway: Cipro(A)/ Ottaviano(A)
1.Do buy online tickets (skip the line) & audio guides for the Vatican tour!
2. It is a serious no miss (at least it owes minimum 2-3 hours to get you fall in love with Rome & it's great artists)!
3.Try covering it as the day starts, by 9am. As the day grows so does the crowd.
2. Piazza San Pietro & St.Peter's Basilica
After the Vatican city, FOTW moved to witness Basilica & Piazza.
It stands to define one the most exhilarating renaissance architecture, collectively designed for more than a 100 years by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo, Carlo & Donato with the badge of "One of the largest churches in the world". St. Basilica is bordered by Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square), which was created in 17 th century by Lorenzo.
It's all the more symbolic as this was the site wherein 1 st pope - St.Peter was buried way back in 64 AD.
This Roman Catholic Church, with 452 Ft high, covering 50k Sqft (spacious enough for 60k gathering at a time), holds in itself some remarkable sculptures, marvellous treasures in marble & bronze and Baroque architecture of the Christian era.
And so was the square built across the Basilica, bordered on both the sides as semi circular arcade (symbolizing the stretched arm of Church embracing the wold) & close to 140 statues were sculpted on the top of the pillars depicting religious figures as Pope/Martyrs, all crafted by the Great Bernini.
Metro/Subway - Ottaviano San Peitro (closest to Vatican City)
Plan a lunch break & relax to sunbath & start back the journey !