The Vatican City, the smallest state in the world, has one of the largest museums in the world…go figure.
The museum boasts works of art from masters such as Raphael, da Vinci and Titian. I’m probably not going to make any friends here….but none of those actually interest me. Yikes!
In retrospect, our apartment wasn’t within walking distance of much at all…except for the Vatican. Make sure that when walking, you actually walk to the correct entrance. We made our way all around the outside wall only to turn around and walk back to the gate….
The Vatican is something that we planned to see without the kids. My parents watched the little ones in the apartment during nap time while we walked to the museum.
We pre-booked tickets online thinking that the lines would be obscene. The ticket price was 16€ with a 4€ convenience fee for booking online and the lines ended up not looking too bad. Oh well. We opted to skip the audio guides however looking back, I think it would have been interesting to have additional insight into the history.
What interests me in museums like this is the actual history of the space as well as the sculptures, mosaics and architecture contained within. Here are some pieces of art in the Vatican that I enjoyed the most.
Tapestries: The Vatican has been the home to Flemish tapestries that first hung in the Sistine Chapel in 1531. These include maps of different areas of Italy – in this case, Venice.
The Resurrection of Christ is such an interesting piece of work! It was woven using the technique of shifting perspective. View it from the left, and you will see Christ’s head turned toward you and his eyes making contact with yours. Slowly walk toward the right and not only will his eyes follow you, but his head and body turn as well, as does the rectangular stone he is stepping on. The illusion was achieved by double stitching: miniscule overlapping stitches that disappear behind one another depending on where you stand. Who thinks about these things??
Ashley and Adam in the hall of tapestries. Mosaics: Along with many other forms of art, I would never have the patience to complete a mosaic and I think this makes them very appealing to me. All of the different colors of individual pieces of stone forming a larger picture….stunning!
This girl looks like a strong warrior. I love the rich colors. Sculpture: I have a special respect for sculptors since my father is a sculptor with a Texas twist.
The Vatican doesn’t have shortage of stone! In fact, there are rooms that are overflowing with it! Animals, men, gods…everything that you could imagine.
This lion was so interesting.
Architecture: I always enjoy thinking of all of the people that have come before us and what they might have been doing in these locations.
The Vatican and all of its buildings are just so grand!
I mean, look at these ceilings!
Ashley got called out by the fashion police who diligently watch all of the visitors entering the Sistine Chapel to ensure that no one was showing too much skin. Ash should have covered up those sexy shoulders and she wouldn’t have had to wear this awesome cape! I think this cape might have made its way back to the U.S. in a suitcase. She will treasure it forever.
For Heaven’s sake Ash, cover up!! Haha!
As you depart the Vatican museums, you will have a chance to see the iconic Bramante staircase. It is a double helix design that allows people to ascend and descend without meeting each other.
So there you have it. Some of my favorite things in the Vatican.