Vatican City

If you read along here then you will already know that I just returned from a trip to Italy.  I saw so much that it is still overwhelming to me!  My children keep asking me what my favorite part of the trip was and I am hard pressed to answer.

I’ll start where we began our tour, at Vatican City.  Hopefully for all of you who have visited this will be a nice trip down memory lane and for those of you who have not I hope you enjoy a virtual trip along with me!

First things first, my good friend and fellow OPP resident happens to be a fountain of travel knowledge.  I never  go anywhere without a consultation with her prior to departure!  For this trip, one of the best pieces of advice I received was to book private tours through a company called Context Travel  If you have the opportunity to travel to a city they service, take it from me – they are the best!

So off we go to Vatican City…

Vatican City

We started off in the Pinacoteca…

Vatican City

The Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) opened in 1932 in this building where the conditions and lighting are best for preservation and observation.  Prior to being displayed here, the works of art were constantly being moved around the palaces.  This is a truly amazing collection and I was so busy listening and looking that I did not take any photographs while we were touring.

Back out in the courtyard I caught a glimpse into the gardens…

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For the most part, the gardens are not open to tourists – drat!

The courtyards are amazing…

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the modern piece in the center – the globe shaped one – felt a little out of place to me…

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this was a little more fitting I thought…

Vatican City

Vatican City

Inside the Vatican Museums are masterpieces that illustrate world history and art from Babylonian times up to today.

An archaeological masterpiece – “Agesander, Athenodorus and Polydorus”…

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Athena, goddess and protector of the Greeks, had the priest and his sons killed by two serpents.  Agesander had figured out the trick hidden inside the big wooden horse that the Greeks left outside the city walls and opposed bringing it inside.  Moral there – don’t mess with a Greek goddess!

The statue was missing for about 1000 years and when it was finally rediscovered served as a major influence on Michaelangelo.

Headed back in to the galleries I was amazed by this optical illusion…

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see the way the arch seems to twist…

Vatican City

amazing…

Vatican City

Toward the Sistine Chapel you travel through several galleries.

The Gallery of Tapestries…

the ceiling is amazing…

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I am just in awe looking at these beautiful tapestries…

Vatican City

I cannot imagine how they achieved such detail…

Vatican City

The Gallery of Maps…

Vatican City

Vatican City

again, the amazing details…

Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel is breathtaking – you have to take me at my word here as there is no photography allowed.

However, the  beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica I did attempt to capture.

The biggest church in the world and the heart of Christianity…

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The bronze Baldachin over the altar sits on top of the tomb of the Apostle Peter and represents his throne…

Vatican City

 light shining through the windows beautifully illuminating this grand space…

Vatican City

We exited out through St. Peter’s Square…

Vatican City

the Swiss Guards were at their posts…

Vatican City

Vatican City

the central balcony, the Loggia of Blessings, I have seen so often via television – amazing to be gazing right up at it…

Vatican City

and the rest of Rome awaits…

Vatican City

stay tuned…

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Comments

  1. Wow! That must have been amazing!

  2. Leslie Dement Cox says:

    What a FABULOUS way to start a new and glorious week! Feel as if I’ve just arrived in “bella Italia” and my personal tour is about to begin! Beautiful post – TY :). Can’t wait for more!

  3. Love it! Love it! Love it! Can you go ahead and just post every hour…I don’t think I can wait until tomorrow morning! xoxo

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Ha! I am enjoying finally downloading all my photos – feels like I am reliving every step!

  4. We have been using Context since 2000. They are the best – hands down!!!