I think this will be my last post about Rome, but don’t hold me to that as I took nearly a thousand images.
The Vatican Museum is overwhelming. Art has been collected there for nearly 2 millennia, and much of it predates the time of Christ. see my earlier post with the Etruscan statue. More than 5 million people visit each year. There is just so much to see. We had an advantage being with Trafalgar, not only in bypassing queues, but also being allowed once into the restricted area where the original double spiral staircase has been restored.
Walking the corridors, there are statues and sculpture everywhere. The one outside, the metallic globe, is a modern recent work but mostly the Vatican displays classic pieces.
Within the corridors you walk from one hall to another, the ceilings, magnificently painted in a way the makes them look three dimensions, the walls covered with colossal sized tapestries, and paintings and even the floor. It needs much more time than we had to look but mostly to take it all in.