Visiting Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

The Bramante Staircase is a double spiral staircase, a design by Giuseppe Momo in 1932.

As part of Europe trip last January 2019, me and my friend visiting few countries in Europe and Italy was one of them. It was my second trip to Italy, but it was my friend’s first. However, it would be our first to visit Vatican Museum. Our excitement was over the roof. To me, it was a quick stop at Rome before going back to Indonesia. So, I think it’s the best scenario to end the trip visiting Musei Vaticani.

Before I went here, I read and heard all the fusses about how grand and beautiful the architecture and interior of the Museum were. But, it has nothing in comparison with being alive and stomp your feet to its ground and bask in the glory of its bright and shining sculptures. It was literally a jaw-dropping experience. I would gladly revisit the museum if i am to visit Italy again.

As happy as I was, i got a combo when visiting Vatican Museum, when both my camera and phone drained its battery. I got lucky to take a few snaps, and I will be sharing it with you shortly in this post.

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum is located in Vatican City, an enclave in Rome, Italy. Enclave is a territory that is entirely surrounded by other territory of other state. Vatican City area is 0.49 kilometres square and the population is 825. The economy of the city is coming from donations, the sale of postage stamps, admission fee of the museums, and sales of publications. (source: Wikipedia)

The museum, houses art collections since the beginning of the 15th century. There are 54 galleries include Sistine Chapel which decorations is done by Michelangelo. The admission fee is EUR 17, and if you’d like audioguide there’s additional EUR 7. The ticket is available for online purchase on its official website. The museum is open from 9 am to 8 pm From Monday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. During Covid-19 pandemic, all the ticket purchasing must be done online.

Since i am a fan of ceiling design, the pictures that follows will be all about ceilings in different rooms at the museums 😉✌🏻

Pio Clementino Museum – The nucleus of the pontifical collections of classical sculpture dates back to the original collection of pope Julius II (1503-1513) which was housed in the Cortile delle Statue (today the Octagonal Court) (Source: Museum Vaticani)

For 360″ museum Tour of Pio Clementino, visit this link.

Room of the Immaculate Conception
Following the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pius IX, which took place on 8 December 1854, the pontiff decide to celebrate the event with a cycle of frescoes.

You can admire and have a tour in the museum through its website. 360 degree pictures and video of each room available on Museum Vaticani official website.

Sistine Chapel

Located in the official residence of Pope in Vatican City, this Chapel is the largest chapel in the city. It is famous for its painted ceiling by Michelangelo. This chapel stands on the ground of the older Chapel called Capella Magna. The chapel is 40,23 metres long, 20,7 metres high, and 13,4 meters wide.

The painting on the ceiling by Michelangelo depicted nine scenes from the book genesis. Painting the Sistine Chapel exhausted him and perhaps to hid his unhappiness, he hid two miserable-looking self-portrait in  “The last judgement”. The restoration effort of Sistine Chapel went for 14 years starting from 1980.

Since 1492, the chapel has been used as venue to elect a new pope. It has chimney’s to convey the election status. White smoke means that a new pope has been elected, and black smoke means no candidate has received 2/3 majority. The entrance of Sistine Chapel has been included in the Vatican Museum admission ticket.

Sistine Chapel (Source:

St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

This remarkable basilica is a creation of Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It is the most renowned work of renaissance and largest Church in the world. It is also the greatest of all churches I Christendom, and I couldn’t agree more.

Basilica St. Peter is the burial site of Saint Peter, the construction begun in 1506 and completed in 1615. The famous piece of art inside the St Peter basilica is the Pieta Status, a work of art by Michelangelo.

The Chair of Saint Peter is a relic that is enclosed in a sculpted gilt bronze casing designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and executed between 1647 and 1653


Asana Kusnadi
I'm Asana Kusnadi from Semarang Indonesia. Some of my friends call me Mei, it is taken from my Chinese Name. I was born in Semarang, capital city of Central Java and lived there until I graduated from University. After graduated i worked in Sumatera island and it's been almost 9 years now i live in Riau Province

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