Did you know that Vatican City is the smallest country in the world? I wasn’t aware of this until a few months before our trip. We were pretty psyched to go on a day trip to Vatican City but little did we expect that it will be an unforgettable experience…
We were too busy to go on this trip on our own so we went there and sign up with a tour agency on the spot for a half-day tour. We went to a nearby coffeeshop to get our caffeine fix. May I add that Italians are always so friendly and hospitable!
Our “Skip-The_Line” tour consisted of visit to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and then St Peter’s Bascilica. However, we only managed to visit the first 2 places and we were so glad that the tour was over by then. We spent a lot of time queuing, waiting, jostling with everyone outside and inside the museum and chapel. One of the attribution to the insane crowd was that it was New Year’s Eve and the attractions were only opened for half day; doesn’t help that the attractions would be closed on New Year. Thus, everyone was everywhere.
As you can see, it was really packed and most of the time we were just catching up with out guide and jostling with the crowd. It wasn’t a pleasant experience as we did not have the time to fully enjoy the museum or chapel. We can only try to make the best of it.
After a while, everyone just want to leave the premises but we can only queue and follow the crowd. The exit was this tiny door and we had to wait for our turn. By the end, everyone was happy to leave the place and grab lunch (it was 3pm by then) and everyone had clearly forgotten St Peter’s Basilica! Lol. We were so hungry that we went opposite to dine at a local eatery. Look at how hungry he is!
Thereafter, our gelato cravings kicked in when we saw this quaint cafe, while en route to Castel Sant’ Angelo.
I think visiting Castel Sant’Angelo was the highlight of the day. It’s located a short distance from Vatican City and I would highly recommend you to include this in your itinerary.
It wasn’t crowded and we took our time to explore the place. At the top, there’s even a restaurant which offers awesome view of Rome.
Beautiful during the day and night. It was a good end to a rough start for the day.
Stay tuned for our adventures in Milan!