Our second day in Rome was quite taxing. Not only did we visit Vatican City and the Colosseum, but we also broke away from the tour group to explore Rome on our own. Our tour director was very accommodating and arranged to pick us up to join the rest our tour mates for dinner.
Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state of 0.44 square kilometres. As an independent state, the Vatican has its own postal service, radio stations, newspapers and army. Its supported financially from admission fees to the museums, plus income from the sale of postage stamps, tourist mementos and publications.
I’m so glad we travelled with Trafalgar as we don’t need to queue to get in. This is the snake queue at 8am.
The dome of St Peter’s Basilica peeking out.
Courtyard of Pinecone
It’s super packed in the Vatican Museums.
The ceilings, sculptures, paintings and tapestry are beautifully intricate.
Even the floors are decorated
The Gallery of Maps displaying a series of painted topographical maps of Italy. The ceiling is exquisite!
Painted dome ceiling featuring angels fighting demons
The Sistine Chapel, with walls depicting scenes from the lives of Christ and Moses.
On the way to St Peter’s Basilica
Vatican’s Swiss Guards. Their uniform has not changed since the 16th century.
St Peter’s Square with the 25.5 metre tall Obelisk in the background.
The facade of St Peter’s Basilica
We were in awe upon stepping into the spectacular St Peter’s Basilica-the world’s largest Basilica of Christianity. What an eye-opener!
Next travel post will feature the Colosseum and ruins scattered around the ancient city. Stay tuned 🙂