2016 Rome Day 6: Vatican Museum

December 27, 2016

Day 6 in Rome! The Boyfriend and I went out pretty early that day because we’ve booked tickets to visit the Vatican Museum. He went online and booked us tickets from Viator for the “Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets”.

With the ticket, it allows us to enter through a reserved entranceway so that we can avoid waiting in line. Ticket cost us USD40.56 each.

Met up with our host at Via Tunisi, before we made our way over to the Vatican Museum.

One thing to note about the ticket is that it doesn’t include any guided tour. The price we paid only got us an express entry to the museum. Once we entered the museum, we are free to explore on our own and may stay as long as we wish. Initially, the Boyfriend thought the ticket comes with the guided tour, so he was kind of disappointed when he realised it doesn’t.

Nevertheless, we ended up getting the Audio Guide after we entered the museum, so it was okay.

Upon entering, we had to first go through the security scan. Then we were asked to wait at one side while our host went to collect the tickets from the counter. Once we collected our tickets, we were then able to follow the crowd to go upstairs to the museum.

Paid 7 euros each for the Audio Guide.

It doesn’t come with an earphone, so we’ve to place it next to our ears as if we were holding a cellphone.

Going in, the first section we saw was about mummies.

Once we covered that section, we then followed the crowd through the walkway down the hall…

Again, I’m not going to go through in details of what we saw because, to be honest, I can’t really remember much. Plus, I’m really not someone who have a great interest in all these artefacts.

All I could remember from the museum was seeing some great statues and impressive ceiling paintings.

We didn’t actually stay that long in the museum. We saw people who went outside of the museum to the garden and I supposed a lot of them will really go to great length to explore the compound.

I, for one, certainly don’t belong to that group of people. To be honest, I didn’t know what I should be looking out for. No doubt they all seem very impressive but I don’t think my brain can remember the origin and history behind each of the amazing artwork. We went downstairs and were just about to leave before I spotted the entrance to the Sistine Chapel. At first, the Boyfriend didn’t want to go up again. Luckily, I told him to go and have a look because that’s like one of the highlights of the visit. I don’t think anyone who came to the Vatican Museum will miss the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel.

Sadly, no photography was allowed in the Sistine Chapel. But I guessed it was a blessing in disguise because we were able to fully concentrate on the sight and the Audio Guide really came in handy in explaining everything in details.

Come to think of it, I would really live in regret if we went to the Vatican Museum and missed out on the visit to the Sistine Chapel.

Spiral stairs of the Vatican Museum.

And back to St. Peter’s Square.

It was a Monday afternoon and look at the crowd behind.

Not sure if you can spot the queue behind but there was a long line formed to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. We came thinking we will join the queue to go in, but it really seems like it will take us quite awhile to get in so eventually we decided not to.

Well, maybe next time if we do come to Rome again, we will try to queue.

If you’re visiting, do remember that dress code is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women. It will be such a bummer to get to the front of the line, only to found yourself being turned away due to inappropriate dressing.

Leaving St. Peter’s Square, we decided to take the metro back to our hotel. I made the wrong decision of wearing my new Zara shoes and my feets were hurting from blisters due to the extensive walking around the museum. So we had no choice but to head back to the hotel.

By then we were also starving so we decided to do takeaway from the McDonald’s at Termini Station before we returned to our hotel.

It was our last night in Rome, so later that night, we decided to spend the night walking around the neighbourhood, eating gelatos and getting gifts for our family and friends.

As for dinner, I was craving for beef so we ended up going back to Roadhouse Grill at Termini Station.

Tex Mex Steak for the Boyfriend

And I got the Picanha (300g). It was so good! This is probably one of the best ways to have beef.

Fries and baby potatoes to go with our mains.




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