05/11/2014

travel: is the vatican worth visiting?

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Our final day in Rome was our earliest start, having booked tickets ahead for the Vatican. We headed to the North West of the city on the Metro and stopped for a sandwich before tackling what we’d heard was a mammoth task. Our host had warned us we’d be hours in the Vatican, and when we clocked the 2.5 hour queue, we were glad to have booked up front!

 

I’ll put my hands up and say I’m not one for museums unless I’m really into the subject, so after a bit of a browse we headed to the Sistine Chapel followed by a walk around the grounds and finishing in St Peter’s Square. The square itself was the most interesting bit for me – it stands in front of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and it’s just enormous. This was the highlight of the Vatican for me!

 

We headed more central for lunch, another browse in Sephora, and then we dragged the boys to Giolitti seeing as they’d missed out to football the day before. They approved! En route back to our apartment and to catch our flight home, we managed to time a trip to the top of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument with sunset and got some amazing photos. Another trip highlight for sure, and worth doing. It’s a glass lift and costs just seven euros. A good way to end an amazing 3 days!

 

Top tips and must do’s from Day 3:

 

Pre-book for the Vatican! The queue was outrageous and there is no way I would have wanted to stand in it at all. We shot past everyone and it was definitely worth it.

 

If you’re a student, make sure you take your card or declare it when you book tickets online. Sam managed to get all his tickets cheaper so it’s worth taking!

 

It’s tricky to find the entrance, but if you can, take the trip up the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument (‘The Wedding Cake’) as the view of the city is amazing. If you stand and look at the front, the entrance is to the left up the stairs!

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