There is nothing more overwhelmingly opulent then walking through the Vatican’s nine mile long labyrinth of palaces, apartments and galleries. This immense collection of the Roman Catholic Church, located within the fortified city in the center of Rome, displays thousands of splendid treasures and priceless artworks, each with a story to tell.
As you walk through the fifty-four galleries which lead to the most famous ‘sala’, the Sistine Chapel, you will pass artistic masterpieces of every age. The halls and courtyards are filled with some of the most famous statues such as Laocoon and Sleeping Ariadne. Your feet will wander upon giant marble and granite floor mosaics, as in the Circular Hall. You will pass through long halls and rooms where every inch of the ceiling and walls are covered with awe inspiring frescos and tapestries, masterfully created by some of the worlds greatest artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo.
It is impossible to see all the Vatican museums in one day. You could easily spend an entire week scratching the surface to uncover the secrets and stories which lie beneath the works of art in just one corridor.
However, if you have the opportunity of a day spent admiring the artworks inside the Vatican galleries, embrace that gift which is an extraordinary glimpse into exquisite beauty, and the closest thing to manmade perfection!