After breakfast we hopped on the Metro again and this time went through to the Vatican Museum stop. We spent almost 5 hours in the Vatican Museum and marvelled at the size of the collections and the variety of things acquired over the years. we started our tour in a courtyard known as Cortilla della Pigna, where a massive brass pine cone can be seen, erected in 1562.
There is so much to see from hundreds of statues and busts, all in one long corridor, many of which have been restored over the years.
Every where we went, the walls and ceilings were decorated magnificently, even up the marble stairs.
In many areas the windows were placed to give stunning views of surrounding places. i took the following pic of a building in the Capitol that we plan on visiting tomorrow.
Every place you look here in the Vatican museums you will find superb statues and figures of all sorts. The following are just a few of the many pics I took.
From here we went down 3/400 metre corridors hung with huge tapestries and with the most magnificent ceiling paintings and sculptures you have ever seen
As we left the museums we passed in to the Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately photography is not allowed in this chapel. you will need to Google the sistine chapel to see the magnificence of the frescos and the wonderful ceiling, painted by Michaelangelo. This work was done between 1508 and 1512 and the ceiling charts the creation of the world and the fall of man, surrounded by subjects from the Old and New testaments. Go to Google, its worth the effort.
On the way out of The Vatican Museums you have tto go down a huge spiral staircase. It was designed in 1932 and it is aid that in anemergency you ccould ride up on a horse.