With limited time in Italy, my coworker and I hadn’t planned on visiting Vatican City – if it was in the itinerary, we would have booked a tour into the crypts. Unfortunately tours like that couldn’t be booked on a whim, so we booked a regular tour with headsets.
I remember this day clearly. We got up, took our time , grabbed breakfast and figured we’d walk to the city. Little did we know that it was not as easy as we expected. From where we were staying, there was a wall. We needed to go through a parking garage to get in the city. We had no clue how to navigate there. We were frustrated because we had tour headsets booked for 12pm and time was getting close. Luckily, we met a really nice nun and she led us to the city.
Relieved that we made it in time, we picked up our headsets and started our tour. We went through the museums and learned a lot. We witnessed the Sistene Chapel – it was incredible (no photos allowed, unfortunately). The artwork commissioned in these places… I can’t even describe – the detail, it was beautiful. We went to St Peter’s Basilica, walking through the main floor, up to the top of the dome (inside the church) and even further up to walk the outside perimeter of the dome. From the top, was had a breathtaking view of St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City and Rome. If you visit Vatican City, climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, it’s worth it. All in all, it was a great day and I’m happy we added in the Vatican City trip into our schedule.