What trip to Rome is complete without a visit to Vatican City to see St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums?
We managed to time our arrival really well, avoiding most of the crowds. I was worried about it being too busy as the Pope was addressing the public in the morning. Booking our tickets online meant no long wait. We also left the Sistine Chapel for last, so by the time we got there many of the other tourists had left for the day.
The museums are incredible, full of amazing wonders and history, I particularly enjoyed the ancient Egypt exhibit (12 year old ancient Egypt obsessed Kristina was VERY happy!) So of the greatest art was not on the walls but on the ceilings. Covered in beautiful carvings, colourful paintings and incredible gold detailing, it is no surprise I left with a sore neck- but it was definitely worth it!
On our way home we popped into a Panini bar that was almost opposite the Vatican. We chatted for ages with the owner, a friendly man who told us all about how he made his own bread and boasted about the high quality of the olive oil he used. He got very excited when he realised we were from Australia as he was trying to convince his daughter to move to Australia to study. People in Italy are so nice!