In the Vatican and under Rome

On our third day in Rome we headed to the Vatican City, a tiny independent city inside Rome known for being the Pope’s main hang-out.  We had pre-booked a tour and we knew to expect crowds, but the mob scene through the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel were still beyond what we had imagined! We saw some beautiful things, including Michaelangelo’s incredible ceiling and “The Last Judgement“.  Have a look at the links as sadly we couldn’t take photos (unlike a lot of tourists there we didn’t break the rules to take photos…and I managed to refrain from too many judgemental looks!)  


The walls of the Vatican City (note the line which we escaped by pre-booking!)


St Peter’s Basilica from the Vatican


In the Vatican museums


Some of the crowded museums…these were gorgeous but so crowded!


Posting mail from the Vatican City


The Mums posting postcards


After we had looked through the museums, we went over to see St Peter’s basilica.  (On the next day we went to Pompeii, but that deserves its own post)!


Karen and Reubs at St Peter’s Basilica


On our last day in Rome we went to see the Pantheon.  This used to be an ancient temple to all the gods, but has now been made into a church.  The top is open and the whole thing is quite impressive. It’s especially impressive that this whole complex is in the middle of town – Rome really is a place where the ancient and the modern are side by side. 


The Pantheon


Looking up to the sky


We then went out into what felt like the countryside (but was still central Rome) to see the catacombs of St Callisto. This was really cool – we went underground into what was once an ancient hiding place/burial ground and saw where people had been buried.  I hadn’t known before then that people only actually stayed in the catacombs for a few days, not longterm, as the air wasn’t fresh enough for that.  No photos allowed, but check out this video:



On the way to the Catacombs


Strolling on the Via Appia Antica


The exit from the Catacombs – once again no photos allowed below!



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mum Bunn says:

    Another great post about a great city! The links are excellent — the video clip of the Catacombes is especially cool.

    I think we learned another lesson at Vatican City: while January may in general be a quiet month for tourism in Italy, the week leading up to Epiphany on 6 January is a significant exception. Those crowds were overwhelming!!


  2. hayley says:

    I bet you were giving lots of grumpy looks! 🙂


  3. Kate says:

    Lol, I can just imagine you judging the photo-takers – and quite rightly, too! 🙂


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