Inside Sistine Chapel are the well-known frescoes of Michelangelo. For many, seeing these stunning art preserved in a chapel is an experience of a lifetime. Gazing at the incredible masterpiece from the floor to the wall and unto the ceiling is an experience that would never go away. I felt like this is one of those experiences I’d consider and describe as, “You’ve got to see it to believe!” I spent a full 45 minutes minutes here, in amble walk – from corner to corner. I had goosebumps while listening to the audio guide, describing in details some of the symbolisms behind the characters in the painting. When you’re under a phenomenal art like this, you won’t just be speechless but feel pain in your neck. 😀
Before You Go Inside. I’d recommend you to watch this really informative, educational and inspiring TEDTalk detailing the incredible treasure of Michelangelo. After watching the video, I’d still want you to take an audio guide to make the experience more meaningful. You’ll have an incredible journey of finding one character to another, while looking back and forth; or up and down.
NO PHOTOGRAPHY RULE. And no videos, too. However, there are many of us who took a photo discretely. You’ve got to find a place away from the guards though. 😀 In most cases, these guards tend to congregate together while one or two go around. You have to get used to hearing, “No Photos! No Videos!” from them. And before you lecture me for breaking the rules, you might be surprised to learn the reasons why the Vatican banned tourists from taking photos inside the Sistine Chapel. Clue: It’s not what you think it is. Read this to be enlightened.
Low Quality Photos. The photos I’ve taken were of low quality. With shaking hands, I took it with my iPhone, fearing that the guards would catch me. 😀
Money-Saving Tip in Rome and Vatican
Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze and see everything you want to see. This Rome & Vatican Pass will let you see the places you’ve been dying to visit and known of from the pages of history books.
Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar is your best bet in Rome. This hostel exceeded my expectations. The spacious rooms are secured with magnetic key cards and equipped with safe lockers for your valuables. You have to bring your own lock though. If you forgot to bring one, you can always buy one in their vending machine downstairs. They also have a bar that serves your alcohol needs. The staff are friendly and speaks English, too. The area has a lot of cafes, restaurants and grocery shops. The Roman Colosseum is 30 minutes and the Trevi Fountain is 20 minutes walk from here. But, most of all, it’s less than 5 minutes walk to the Rome Central Station. Trains to the airport and to another parts of Italy start and end in this station. You can book Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar in Rome via HostelWorld and Booking.