Rome is a place that has always interested me and somewhere I have wanted to visit for a very long time. I’m back in the UK for a while now and it’s not that hard or expensive to get anywhere in Europe from here so I thought what the hell lets go to Rome. I was only there for a long weekend so it was a very busy few days trying to fit things in.
In this video Anna (global-gallivanting.com)and I arrive in Rome via ciampino airport and make our way to an apartment that we have rented near the Vatican. for this we have to wait a very long time in a very long queue in the very hot sun for a bus. The bus doesn’t go all the way so for the last part of the journey we jump on the Metro.
We rented the apartment from Flip Key and itÂ was great in every way. It had everything that we need and was in a really good location. We didn’t spend a great deal of time there of course as we were always out exploring the city but whilst we were there we had the facilities toÂ sleep, eat and shower; what else do you really need? not much really but it also had a dining area, decent sized living room, tv, internet and a great balcony to relax on after a long day of being lost.
The main focus of this video is the Vatican. We took a tour with City Wonders. We arrived early in the morning at about 7am and went into the Vatican museum before the general public and before any other tour groups. That was the best thing about this tour. We then went straight to the Sistine chapel and it was as amazing as I had expected it to be. There is nothing I can say that can express what it is like, you have to see it for yourself. After this, we were then free to do whatever we liked. We explored the Vatican for a little while whilst it was still relatively quiet but when the general public were allowed in, the place became unbearably crowded. It was an entirely different experience. After looking around the museum for a couple of hours we followed to crowds back to the Sistine chapel so that we could take a short cut to St Peter’s basilica and avoid the immense queues in St Peter’s square.
The Sistine chapel was now a completely different experience; before when it was quiet and empty you could really take your time and appreciate the artwork, but now that it was full and noisy, the atmosphere was ruined and I just wanted to get out of there.
We entered St Peter’s basilica and inside there is an overwhelming display of renaissance art and architecture. By this point my brain was completely full and unable to take in any more. It had been a long day and there was just so much that we had seen. I can’t believe how much is actually in the Vatican. It’s somewhere I will have to visit again.