For the tour, we had a group of about 20 people. With our group we headed into the Vatican and was able to skip the line which was crazy long so it was a good thing. We started at the Vatican Museum. This museum was amazing and extremely overwhelming. Everywhere you turned there was something cool and beautiful to look at. We spent over 3 hours in the museum going from room to room. Eventually we stopped taking pictures and started taking video because it was too much to look at.
^^Left. Entrance to the Vatican Museum.^^
^^Dome is the top of St. Peter's Basilica^^
^^Every surface was covered in something to look at. Walls, ceilings floors. Everywhere.^^
^^Left. This is an incredibly detailed tapestry. This room was full of different tapestries that depicted different stories. The detail in them was amazing especially considering they were hand made. Right. This is one of the images in the Raphael room. So much history.^^
^^This room was my favorite. The ceiling was simply amazing to look at.^^
At the very end of the museum tour is the Sistene Chapel. The ceiling was painted by Michelangelo and it was so remarkable. You were not allowed to take pictures of it so you will have to go visit it for yourself. We spent only a few minutes in the room and it was so so cool to see.
Next, our tour ended outside St. Peter's Basilica. At the front of the basilica you can see out onto St. Peter's square. This church was huge yet it felt smaller than it was. From what we read in our guidebook they designed it to look smaller than it actually was to give a sense of comfort. It was really interesting reading about all of the details of the church. This church definitely had an older and more traditional feel to it than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is really fun to be able to say that we have now been to St. Peter's Basilica.