Things to do in Singapore: Rome Purpose Ane - Arrival As Well As Vatican Metropolis (November 2013)

Rome, Italy (November 2013)

We arrived inwards Rome for a 2 black pre-cruise stay, earlier boarding the Celebrity Silhouette.  We had flown hither from Singapore on SwissAir, via Zurich.  Arrival was on time, together with nosotros had arranged a somebody pick-up for the half dozen of us. The cost was 62 Euros to larn us from Rome FCO to our Bed & Breakfast inwards fundamental Rome called Quod Libet later).

On our agency into Rome.



The banking firm gibe inwards at the B&B was smooth.  After leaving our luggage, it was fourth dimension to become explore Rome.  Yes, nosotros were tired after a long flight, simply it was the belatedly morn inwards Rome together with nosotros should accept wages of the Sun shine!   Quod Libet was located rattling centrally together with it took us most 10 minutes to attain the Vatican entrance.

As it was off-season, the crowds were non equally big, which was skillful for us.

We flora our agency easily into the Vatican Northern entrance.  There were no lines for the tickets.

H5N1 skillful thought to see the toilets earlier you lot source the long walk.

They were playing a video of Pope Francis, on Samsung TVs.

Signages.  The excogitation was to come across the Sistine Chapel.  To larn there, nosotros had to accept a rattling long walk through many halls together with rooms.  It was one-way traffic together with in that place were no short-cuts.

Here nosotros go.   Remember, one-way traffic.  In summer, I intend this house must last actually rattling crowded.  Do last careful amongst your belongings.  Many tourists inwards unopen proximity.

Inscriptions.

These hold off to last from Egypt?  Not sure.

Mummies, yes from Egypt.


I took this photograph of the courtyard from a window.


Just follow the signs.  One-way traffic.  Idiot-proof.  Cappella Sistina!

Intricate carvings.

There were many rooms similar these.

Oh, I didn't come across the chap upward on the roof, till now.

Many intricate roofs too.

You tin halt come across the break of tourists here, together with this was depression season.


We caput on, to Cappella Sistina.

Nice.


Oh, I didn't notice that large loving cup on close the roof.  Quite amazing, the things you lot detect inwards a photograph.

Wonder what this huge treasure breast was for?  Somebody's tomb?

This detail walkway was rattling impressive, inwards my opinion.  The ceiling was breathtaking, though I wasn't certain whether in that place were lighting effects that accentuated the effect.

The ceiling.

Good stuff.

There were many gorgeous displays on the walls too, including maps from ancient times.


Yeah, this is a map of Italy.  Very intricate.

I wonder what that creature or ocean creature was, that 1 correct inwards the centre amongst wings.

We caput on to Capella Sistina.  Still many rooms together with halls to top through earlier the finally destination.

Another painting.



Another Courtyard.




Scenes of war.

Absolute carnage.  The history of homo is all most war, state of war together with to a greater extent than war.



Still on our agency to Cappella Sistina.

We finally reached the Sistine Chapel. It was somewhat underwhelming though withal worth a visit.  No photographs were allowed together with the guards enforced the rule.

Now, hither comes the magic.  If you lot followed the signs, you lot would direct hold to larn out past times the same agency nosotros came.  However, the skillful guys at Quod Libet gave us this wonderful tip.  From the Sistine Chapel, exit via the Tour Group exit.  True enough, I saw an larn out which said 'Group Only' or something along those lines.  We got out via that larn out together with that would Pb us to St Peter's square. PHew!

Here nosotros are.  Thankfully, nosotros didn't direct hold to walk 1 large circular to larn dorsum here.   That saved us a long, long walk.

There were many chairs set out, presumably for Mass.


We also entered St. Peter's Basilica.  

It was very, rattling grand.

Wonderful architecture.

Quite breathtaking, together with plainly rattling good maintained.

As nosotros exited St Peter's Basilica, nosotros saw this Vatican guard.

Loved his spear.  It looked actually menacing.

Don't mess amongst the Vatican Guard.

We also passed the Vatican Post Office.  Here was the post service box.

We didn't enter.


It was a fine day, rattling pleasant for walking.

The rattling famous square.


Next, nosotros made our agency south-east, together with started to walk, fifty-fifty though nosotros were jet lagged.


Well, after all that walking, it was fourth dimension for a break.  We flora this Gelato Cafe together with it seemed to direct hold skillful reviews?  Anyway, nosotros needed a break.

H5N1 broad alternative of gelato.  Looks rattling tempting!

Which 1 to choose?  Decisions, decisions.

We allow the kids direct their own.

So elaborate.  Yes, the gelato was rattling skillful together with reasonably priced.

Ah, ha, smart car.  We would come across many of these inwards Italy.

After the curt break, nosotros were getting actually tired (and jet lagged) together with hence nosotros made our agency dorsum to the B&B to rest.  We would see the other major sites the side past times side day.

Do buy the farm on to go 2 of my review.














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