Our last day in Rome was spent in Vatican City. Vatican City is an enclave, which is a country that is entirely enclosed within another country — when you marry a geography buff, you learn fun facts like this when you travel. 😉 So, even though we didn’t get another passport stamp, we did technically visit another country on this trip.
When we were researching for our trip to Rome, we saw that people spent anywhere from half a day in Vatican City to multiple days. This was a very important site for both of us, so we decided to set aside a whole day to be able to take in the everything without rushing. Let me just say, if your schedule allows for it, take a full day to visit Vatican City! There are a lot of famous sites to see including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
Vatican City is a short metro ride from the city center of Rome. Once we arrived, we headed straight to St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s Basilica is the most iconic structure in Vatican City. Entrance to the Basilica is free, so we decided to spend some time taking in this magnificent structure. If you want to avoid crazy long lines, go during non-peak season and go early in the day! By the time we exited the Basilica the line was noticeably longer than when we entered.
Our next stop was the Vatican Museums. We decided to purchase a tour for the Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Due to the vastness of the Museums you could easily spend days checking out all the artwork and sculptures. Since we only had one afternoon (and Ryan and I aren’t huge art people), taking a tour was a great way to see the highlights that the Museums had to offer. The Sistine Chapel was the last stop on the tour, and I still can’t get over how beautiful it was. After seeing many pictures of this famous site in history books growing up, it was incredible to actually see it with my own eyes. Since the tour ended with the Sistine Chapel, we were able to spend as long as we wanted taking in its famous ceiling!
After our whirlwind tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the sun was beginning to set, and tiredness was starting to set in. We decided to head back to our hotel, get dinner, and prepare for our trip home the next day.
Visiting Rome was such an incredible experience! Ryan and I hope to make it back to Italy one day to check out more places and experience even more of what this amazing country has to offer.