Vatican City is famous for the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Pope. On our day in the Vatican, we only managed to see one of those- the Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately for us, there was a massive children’s sports festival going on while we were there, closing the Basilica and making it impossible to explore the city.
Regardless, our time in the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel was great. The museum is filled with interesting art and sculptures and we took advantage of our time in the museum by listening to another Rick Steve’s audio tour. After quite a long walk through the museum, we arrived at the Sistine Chapel and its famous roof depicting creation (of course, we took a banned photograph- we just can’t help it! But be warned, there are guards all around watching for rule breakers and making those caught delete their photos). After the museum, we made our way to the main square, took a picture with the Basilica and left.
Some tips for Vatican City: Buy tickets for the museum ahead of time. Just like most of Italy, Vatican City is heavily populated by tourists, which means that tourist attractions have incredibly long (hours long!) lines that can be easily bypassed by pre-purchasing tickets. Check to see if any festivals are going on that could hinder your experience of the area and if possible, go on a different day.