Rome and Vatican City – 23 October 2021

Saturday we had tickets to see the Vatican Museum at 6:30 in the evening. That was the earliest we could get tickets. We left our hotel around noon and did a lot of walking and saw a lot of Rome.

We saw the Italian Parliament and the obelisk they took from Egypt after conquering Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.

Italian parliament

We saw the Pantheon,


had coffee on Piazza Navona overlooking the four rivers fountain,

Coffee on Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

And then walked across the Tiber and got our first view of St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Tiber with St. Peter’s in the distance.

At St. Peter’s Square we waited in a 30 minute line to get into the basilica. It is enormous and it’s beauty is like no other church I have ever visited.

St Peter’s Square
St. Peter’s Basilica
The alter and bronze canopy at St. Peter’s

From St. Peter’s we walked about 20 minutes to the Vatican Museum. It is enormous too. I bet we only saw a quarter of what there is to see. We ended with the Sistine Chapel. I particularly liked the map hall.

Map of Sardinia in the map gallery
Map Gallery
One of the ceilings.

The quantity and quality of the art works was overwhelming. By the time we left the museum it was dark. We had a nice view of St. Peter’s from some of the windows.

Our feet were hurting and we were worn out. We planned to get a cab back to the hotel but couldn’t find one. So we got gelato and walked the 40 minutes back to the hotel.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

6 thoughts on “Rome and Vatican City – 23 October 2021”

  1. An amazing day with so much history! I’m glad you were adventurous enough to take such a wonderful trip. How many days in Rome and Vatican City do you think is enough now that you have been there?


    1. Before we went to St Peter’s and the museum we had pizza and salad as a late lunch. But yep. The gelato and some cheese and crackers at the hotel was dinner. You are right I t was an exhausting and wonderful!


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