"Photograph the magnificent ..." Vatican City Things to Do Tip by Krystynn

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Photograph the magnificent <b>Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel</b>.

ALL the art work that you see here was PERSONALLY done by <b>Michelangelo</b> himself whilst he laid on his back painting away for TWELVE YEARS!!!! The end result is breathtaking, of course... If you take a closer look, you'd be able to marvel at his creativity and intellect when he brilliantly added shadows in his paintings (see pic below).

The Sistine Chapel is indeed THE <i>piece de resistance</i>. And in my opinion, it's pretty easy to get sidetracked into viewing secondary exhibits. What I would like to suggest is that you should get in line for entry into the Museum by 8AM or at the very latest, 8:15AM to avoid massively long queues. :-((

Once in there, head directly to the <b>Sistine Chapel</b>. At this early hour, you'll just need to share it with just a few people. Oh... I reckon... just a few hundred. :-)) I kid you not!! But if you were to come later in the day, be prepared to mingle with at least a few thousand people. Yes, not kidding again. Don't get too particularly chafe at not being allowed the privilege of an UNHURRIED, private view of the Chapel. Perhaps you'll feel a bit better understanding there are over 4 MILLION people a year who visit this sacred place! <i>Ah</i>, now you know....

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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