29.11.2011 - 29.11.2011
Went to Vatican City today. Started with the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. I don't have any photos since I put the camera in my bag before going through security and didn't take it out again when I dropped the bag off at the cloakroom.
On the way we were touted a couple of times about buying tickets from tour guides. One claiming that the ticket was half the price of their total cost, so the rest was for the guided tour. Also that we could skip the lines since the tickets are pre-purchased.
The price was a lie. The claim to skip the lines probably wasn't a lie, but was misleading since they didn't mention that the line was about five minutes long. So instead we got through quick and used a simple audio guide.
The museum was really good, and I'd gotten tired of them by now but the collection was really good. The Vatican Museums were bigger than we thought though, taking up a surprising amount of the day.
The Sistine Chapel was amazing. We spent a while there. Listening to the guide, which spends a lot of time on it, but also just looking at the frescos. There was a constant stream of "no photos!" from the guards. And there was quite a few people we spotted sneaking photos.
Afterwards we walked around the wall to the front to see Saint Peter's Basilica.
It was pretty amazing, though probably would have been much better before seeing such buildings as the Florence Cathedral. The outside of the basilica was pretty impressive too.