We started our last full day in Rome with a visit to the Vatican Museum so we could see the Sistine Chapel. If you ever go to the Sistine Chapel, brace yourself! Not only was the line to get in ridiculously long outside, but the hustlers who harass you nearly every two minutes in order to sell you tour tickets (promoted as a way you can cut the line), are incredibly annoying. On top of that, the lines inside to buy your ticket is no better – if you can even call them “lines” since people seem to just push their way towards the front. Oh and it doesn’t stop there. Once you actually have your ticket in hand, prepare to feel like cattle being herded from room to room as you’re squished between the legions of tour groups.
Ahh – but when you’re finally in the Sistine Chapel, you quickly forget about all that madness. I wish I had some photos to share but the guards there were like watchdogs. I still remember one who quickly descended on two girls who tried to sneak in some photos on their iPad and point-and-shoot. The guard actually had her go through every single photo and delete them before escorting them out. How embarrassing!
After the Sistine Chapel, we took the exit that would bring us directly to Saint Peter’s Basilica so we could climb up to the 320 steps to the top of the dome. There were amazing views of Rome here and I highly recommend it. Later on in the evening, we made our way back to the Colosseum for the second time so we could get a better photo of the two of us with it in the background and just enjoy our surroundings.
We didn’t have a lot of time the next morning to see much, so we decided to bus it to the gritty, now trendy Trastevere neighborhood for lunch, and then it was back to Paris!