Inside Sistine Chapel are the well-known frescoes of Michelangelo. For many, seeing this 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 here, in amble walk – from corner to corner. I had goosebumps while listening to the audio guide, describing in detail some of the symbolism 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. 😀
Inside Sistine Chapel – The Frescoes of Michelangelo
How to Save in Rome
Rome and the Vatican are full of 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 everything you want to see. So, it is wise to do the Hop-on and Hop-Off Bus Pass for 24, 48, and 72 hours! This will save you time and you’ll see the places you’ve been dying to visit and have known of from the pages of history books.
Discover More – Join a Tour in Rome
Rome is a very historic city and one of the ancient civilizations. There’s so much to take in, learn and marvel at. So, to maximize your time without hassles, I’d recommend that you join a tour. Not all tours are expensive, some are affordable. Click the links below and see what you can afford.
Related: Sunset is the best time to visit the Roman Colosseum.
Where to Stay in Rome – Hostel in Rome
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 other parts of Italy start and end at this station. You can book your accommodations in Rome through HostelWorld and Booking.com.