Travelog: 2017.05.09 Part 3
After oohing and aahing over the various artifacts and gifts from notable celebrities, we visited the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, followed by the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. The husband is very fond of Egyptian relics and artifacts, so this would be his highlight of the museum. I was not a big fan of the Egyptian relics, but I find some artifacts quite adorable…
We doubled back into the museum after visiting the Egyptian rooms and continued viewing the rest of the sculptures at the beginning of the route, but not before a quick coffee break in the courtyard! We could see the tour groups flooding in at this point… Which worked pretty well for us as they were bypassing the sculptures and were rushing ahead to the Sistine Chapel!
It’s hard to believe the amount of work that must have gone into all these sculptures – the details, the seamless lines and smooth curves, not to mention the lifelike folds in clothing and veins on their arms. Humans are truly capable of marvelous things, when they really put their mind to it. Some new machines that we have today would not be able to hold a candle to these amazing artists that had no machines or gadgets to help them.
However, there were many of them with really funny expressions and poses, and we couldn’t help making up back stories for each statue, complete with made-up quotes and conversations.
Next was the Museo Pio Cristiano, where ancient Christian artifacts are on display, followed by the Museo Filatelico e Numismatico(Philatelic and Numismatic Museum) where you can find the entire Vatican City philatelic and numismatic production since 1929! This includes but is not limited to a wide selection of postmarks, sketches and typographic plates. There is also a collection of philatelic material and postal history (1852-1870) relating to the Papal State. It’s wonderful to see the personal letterhead and stationery paper used by previous Popes, as well as their correspondence and handwriting!
If you are planning to visit anytime soon, I would suggest you to:
- Buy tickets in advance.
- Try to get the earliest slot possible, and make sure you are in line at least 30-45 minutes before your allocated entry time.
- Study the museum map and strategize – which rooms to visit and in what order, etc. If the Sistine Chapel is your main objective, head there first thing after entering – there is a shorter route that cuts through the smaller galleries!
- Eat breakfast before you go… This way, you won’t have to stop for a break and waste precious time!
- Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get that perfect shot… Soak it all in and just lose yourself in the amazing beauty that is around you! No photo you take will ever be as perfect as that particular moment when you are standing in front of the artwork, looking at it with your eyes.
Remember, just enjoy your time there and do not feel disappointed if you did not manage to do everything the “right” way… Life is a beautiful journey and there is always more than one route to your destination!