When we arrived at our hostel in Rome they told us that they were expecting a government protest that afternoon so the Colosseum and the Roman Forum were going to be closed. So we headed over to the Vatican because it is a separate state and not affected by any Italian government related crisis.
That meant every other tourist went to the Vatican Museums as well, the crowds were definitely a little overpowering. We toured the Vatican Museums and saw all sorts of cool art and history. We also got to see the Sistine Chapel- I learned that for hundreds of years it had been the private chapel of a pope, the public never even saw that amazing art for years! Now it’s famous and still used as a church and were the archbishops all gather to vote on the new pope. Interestingly enough, the chimney that they release the smoke through to let the crowd know if they’ve made a decision or not is only placed there during the concave, so we didn’t get to see that.
Here are a few pictures of the Vatican and the St. Peter’s Basilica. They wouldn’t let you take any pictures in the Sistine Chapel, so there are some pictures of other art in the tour we took! Enjoy! More pictures to come!
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