Italy, Rome Guide (B): Christmas in Roma! – Rome Part 2

Christmas in Roma! – Rome Part 2
Christmas time in Italy is all about family (or so I am told!), so I was counting on less crowded streets and museums. Not so! The streets were less crowded but the Vatican Museum was full. I had bought my ticket in advance, which I highly recommend unless you love waiting in long lines. My ticket included a guided tour, which was the best idea I had. I would have been lost and not really sure of what I was looking at. Of course, it meant I didn’t see everything, but that would take days. The guide was very knowledgeable about both art and the history of the Vatican. There was so much to look at! The guide kept pointing out things on the ceilings and the walls. There were amazing tapestries and sculpture. One thing that was rarely mentioned was the floors almost all the floors were tiled with elaborate patterns of small tiles. Most of these were in excellent condition considering how many people have walked on them over the hundreds of years and even more so now that thousands of tourists come everyday. Here a just a few pictures from the Vatican museums. (No pictures of the Sistine Chapel as its not allowed.)

Christmas Day! The only thing I wanted to do was to hear the Pope give the blessing on Christmas Day. Not knowing how many people would have the same idea, I got there about two and half hours before the blessing was scheduled. I was there in plenty of time and it wasn’t busy in St. Peter’s Square when I arrived. I was able to take pictures in front of the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Christmas in Roma! – Rome Part 2
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Vatican Museum   St. Peter’s Square  
Author: Tiffany Schureman
Read it on author's website: http://agirlandherpassport.com/christmas-in-roma-rome-part-2/

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