Itinerary for Day 3: Vatican Museum > St Peter's Basilica
Third day of adventure starts from the Vatican City!
The Vatican city is a city-state surrounded by Rome and is the home to the Pope. We will be visiting the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica where we climbed up the cupola to get a bird's eye view of the St. Peter's Square.
Getting there :
Metro red line (line A) ( See Metro Map )
Ottaviano stop [closer to St. Peter’s Basilica]/ Cipro stop [closer to the Vatican Museums]
The Vatican Museum is at the North Entrance and the St Peter's Basilica is at the East Entrance. So make sure you head to the correct entrance.
Vatican Museum Opening Hours:
(Mon to Sat) Ticket Office 9 am-4 pm. Museums 10 am- 6 pm
Being Kiasu Singaporeans, we reach there early before the ticket office is open to avoid the long queue. However , we still need to wait for about 3omins before we can make our way in.
The Museum is really huge and you get to see many exhibits ranging from mummy to paintings in The Raphael Rooms and The Last Judgement by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. I really love the paintings especially the ones on the ceiling and the Ralphael Rooms. Mr Mint is not really into museums so we fast forward this part and headed straight to the Sistine Chapel after having a quick lunch.
In the Sistine Chapel, there is a “No Photos! No Video!” rule. So the only thing you can do is to stare at the master piece and bring back some good memories.
Bear in mind that you have to remain silent in the chapel. If you make lotsa noise the guards will remind you and you will hear "SHHHHH" ...seconds later, there will be dead silence. But this cycle keeps repeating and repeating. This is totally understandable as it is a chapel after all, you won't want it to end up like a market place.
On the way out of the museum, don't forget to take a couple of photos of the spiral staircase.
Watch this space as we will be going to the St. Peter's Basilica and share with you the tired head spinning cupola advaneture!