A picture as were entering the door of the Vatican Museums were the Sistene Chapel is.
There were a lot of people in the museums. We just kept walking thru all the people stopped looking at Rugs and Paintings. We just wanted to get to the Sistene Chapel and see the ceiling. So after an hour long walk thru halls,up stairs, down stairs, thru chapels and more halls we finally made it. The famous Sistene Chapel with it's famous ceiling, was so crowded you could hardly move, good thing we were looking at the ceiling and upper walls. It was really amazing.
This is one of the many painted ceilings that was painted after Micheal Angelo had finished the Sistene Chapel.
These are some of the statue's that were in the Museum along the way to the Sistene Chapel.
This is an ancient baptistry.
I believe this is were we entered the Sistine Chapel.
After we had wound our way back out of the Vatican Museums we were greated by some guys handing out discount coupons for a Pizzaria across the main road and down the side street. So that is where we ate lunch, and drank a lot of aqua minerale. Now that we had some food in our bellys we were headed back to ST. Peters. The art work is amazing in this Basilica and the architecture is just amazing as well.
The large fountain in the middle of ST. Peters
ST. Peters the chairs are all set up facing the front of the Basilica. I presume that When the Pope is broadcast live that this is where it takes place.
The Scottish army stands guard at the Basilica.
The art work is amazing in this Basilica and the ceiling in the dome is super high. We went in the dome. We took the elavator to the 2nd floor where you were able to walk on a ledge of sorts along the lower edge of the dome.
The walls ceilings and floors are all very ornate and made of beautiful materials
This is a short video of the upperlevel of the dome.
More art in the dome of ST. Peters.
After looking at the beautiful walls inside the interior of the Dome we began the climb up the over 300 stair to the top of the Dome. It started out fairly easy until we reached the spiral staircase. It got more narrow as it went higher. There we small windows or holes in the block walls that you could look out over the city. We all made it to the top and looked out over a great part of Rome.
I like to call this the spitting lion fountain. This was in another pritty Piazza. Jackie was taking us somewhere, shopping I think.
We rode the Metro back towards the Trevy fountain, when we arrived it was dark and the fountian was so pretty. We walked back to piazza where we were staying and found a resteraunt that was opened to serve dinner. This ended up being our least favorite meal. An explanation will follow tomorrow.
These 2 are about ready to have a meltdown, just kidding it has been a long day and they have been real troopers, we have all been real troopers!
We called to wish Ben a Happy Birthday, we left a message on his cell phone.