My jaw dropped inside the spectacular Vatican Museum. I can’t even find the exact words for how I felt while slowly going around. It is the best museum I’ve been to and every piece seems to be priceless. Even the minutest thing of all would cost more than my life! 😀 I reckon that no visitors to the Vatican Museum were left unimpressed or shocked by its grandeur. It took me time to sink in that I was in the world’s greatest museum where art and religion are its main centerpiece.
The Works of Great Artists
It seems like every Renaissance artist had left a masterpiece at Vatican Museum. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s frescoes are a must-see. Don’t miss gazing at the works of Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini, Filippo Lippi, Giotto di Bondone, Bellini, and many more.
Art Collections. You have to know that if you have to see all these collections, you’d be walking for 9 miles. Vatican Museum is composed of many museums or rooms with different themes or artists. Out of the 70,000 art collections, only 20,000 are on display. It took me a half-day to see almost everything inside. I definitely took my time inside.
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Breakfast Inside the Vatican Museum
Because I didn’t want to queue, I purchased a ticket that included breakfast in one of the gardens inside. We were ushered inside at 7:30 and brought to the restaurant where our lavish buffet was waiting. I paid €65 which includes the entrance fee to the museum. For regular ticket holders, opening times start at 9 in the morning. You can your ticket here.
Inside the Spectacular Vatican Museum
The following photos below are of the rooms inside the museum. I didn’t take photos of Raphael’s paintings and others because I prefer to have them in my memory. 😉
How to SAVE in Rome!
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 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.
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.