Vatican City

Vatican City-a photo essay

(Since Vatican City has been in the news “just a bit” recently I thought a post on it was called for.)

What I remember most about my visit to Vatican City were the crowds although that pretty much sums up my entire trip to the Eternal City. Every iconic site in Rome was “packed to the gills” aka mobbed. Thankfully the weather in Rome during the week I was there was gorgeous not to mention the temperatures pleasant and springlike (the oppressive summer weather that Rome is so famous for had not yet come) so it wasn’t ALL that bad…

Looking back on Vatican City, it was one of the most impressive places I have ever visited as well as one of the most overwhelming ones. There was so much to see, so much history to understand, so much to simply marvel at. I’m sure that when I return to Rome I’ll most likely visit Vatican City again although perhaps I’ll do so on a weekday during the winter months when the crowds wouldn’t be so intense.


I’ll always remember the genuine look of pleasure and thanks on my Spanish host mom’s face when I gave her a glossy 5 x 7 postcard I had picked up in Rome. It depicted a portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Creation of Adam. Estrella had led an incredibly hard life; she had lived through the Spanish Civil War, the decades of life under the Franco dictatorship all the while taking care of her severely mentally handicapped adult son. The farthest she had ever ventured from Seville was a small beach town two hours away where the family spent the summers each year in order to escape the intolerable heat back in Seville. She never was going to see the wonders of Vatican City or lean back and gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But she was just so happy to have a small part of it with her. Este es para ud., Estrella!

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  • Reply
    Freya Renders
    March 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    such a beautiful story about your host mom being so happy with that post card. Rome is one of my favorite cities, great photo journey

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    JoAnn M.
    March 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Loved this post on Vatican City! We don’t have this level of history, art & architecture here in the United States. I’m sure it is inspiring to see it in person!

    I can understand the reaction of your Spanish host mother when you gave her the postcard of the Sistine Chapel. Although I am not religious, I am in awe of Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Bernini, and the other art geniuses who worked in Vatican City. Their art was meant to inspire and uplift the spirit in more ways than one.

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    the red headed traveler
    March 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Freya-Thanks so much for commenting! I’ve only been to Rome that one visit but it’s a city I can’t wait to visit and explore again πŸ™‚

    JoAnn-The amount of art, history, architecture found in Vatican City is simply astounding. The Sistine Chapel is obviously the most well known of art found there on a global scale and yet there are so many other incredible frescos and paintings there too. And yet going back to the Sistine Chapel, it’s simply unfathomable that ONE man could have painted that. And beautifully put about what their art was meant to do.

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