Vatican City

Technically, we were just at the edge of the city. No one is allowed beyond the tourist spots except for a valid reason. Nevertheless, it was nice visiting the Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica. They were all so huge and quite overwhelming. Too many paintings and sculptures!

We queued for about an hour before going into the museum. This is so that we got the cheapest price – €8 with a student ID. It would have been €4 extra if we had bought online. Do not fall prey to the people nearby the area persuading you to skip the line by paying a hiked up price for a tour. Unless, of course, you don’t mind that. Think of waiting in line like waiting to ride a roller coaster.

Overall, Vatican City (or rather a part of it) was worth the visit. It was just amazing looking at all the Greek sculptures and decorated ceilings by artists like Michelangelo and Raphael. It made me realise how little I know of Renaissance art and that I should learn more to have a wider sense of appreciation.

But even without knowing the details, I can already appreciate the beauty and complexity, and the hours of work put into each masterpiece. I left feeling both amazed and inspired. Good work comes from hard work. There’s just no other way around it.

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