We were advised to be early at Vatican Museum to avoid the long queues. We did reach early too, after spending more than three hours at St. Peter’s we were dreading the next long queue we would face at Vatican Museum. To our surprise we didn’t face any queue. As we surged ahead anticipating the tail of the queue at the next bend, we were pleasantly surprised to see the doors wide open and no crowd of tourists around. Getting the tickets was an easy affair again. We couldn’t believe our lucky stars. So can I conclude: a Tuesday of April can be a good day to visit Vatican Museum to avoid long queues?
Six hours all to ourselves in Vatican Museum. A good study of the Museum beforehand helped us divide our time in the various sections. This museum is 14.5 kms long and researchers say if you spend just 30 seconds admiring each and every art you will take more than four years to complete it. How is that!
We moved on from section to section, rooms to rooms; not facing much tourist crowds like how it was in Uffizi. The crowd was at Sistine Chapel, it was like ‘all roads that led to Rome’ ended here. Tourists stood glued to their spots under this ceiling admiring the work of Michelangelo. Quite understandably so, particularly those tourists who feel they may never make a second visit, they would want to gobble it all up with their eyes.
The guards around in this chapel were busy managing the crowds “no photography”, “silence”, “quiet please”… but tourists around couldn’t help contain their wonder and excitement. All in all, the entire tour was a memorable experience and I loved each minute I spent there, inside this great museum.