The Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

That morning, the group woke up bright and early for the tour of the Vatican, so we drove into the city and saw more of beautiful Rome before arriving into the Vatican. It has always amazed me how a country/state can exist within a city.Most of my photos from this leg of the trip are actually ceiling photos, which shows the magnificence of the smallest country in the world.The first time I laid eyes on the Vatican was from the day before, but it was about 200 meters away while we were on our coach and from that moment, I knew the Vatican would be spectacular. We were introduced to our grandpa-type tour guide and were given our audio guides. I say grandpa-type, because he was a couple of decades older than the rest of us. I think that’s a polite way of putting it into perspective, although let me tell you that he was not at all boring; and was really fantastic, actually! I’m afraid I wasn’t able to take a photo of him though. During the tour, he held up a yellow flag as he spoke into the mic and heard him on our audio guides saying, “Contiki, follow the right tour guide!” Too cute!As we entered the halls, we were welcomed with the grandeur that is the Vatican.   La Cappella Sistina, more popularly known as The Sistine Chapel, was absolutely stunning showcasing different stories from the Bible. There were signs all over saying no one was allowed to take photos, but none of the authorities were reprimanding any of the photo-takers, so I was blessed to have been given the chance to take photos of La Cappella Sistina’s beautiful interiors.When we finally reached St. Peter’s Basilica, all of us were in awe. Having visited a couple of churches and cathedrals in the other countries we went to prior to this, this one automatically topped the charts. It’s far more massive than it seems in photos and every inch must’ve been carefully put into perspective considering how intricate the architectural design is.   St. Peter’s Basilica is still the most beautiful cathedral I have seen, tied with La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. When visiting Europe, one must never miss out on going to the smallest country in the world.