As I was reflecting on my trip to Italy a year ago, I thought of this photo for this week’s WP weekly photo challenge. I took thi photo in the Cortile della Pigna, the courtyard of the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are vast and overwhelming, especially for artistically ignorant folks like us so we hired a guide. Our guide, Andrea from New Rome Free Tour was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining (using children’s picture books to explain the history and architecture). We originally booked a three hour tour but Andrea generously spent five hours with us – well worth the 130 euros.
A shady bench in the courtyard provided MOO a perfect spot for a quick nap before entering the Sistine Chapel. You can see MOO and I and Andrea reflected in the bronze sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro.
It you are planning to visit the museums book your tickets on-line directly with the Vatican Museums to avoid the long queues and check out the free daily tour by New Rome Free Tours meets everyday at 5:30 at the Spanish Steps. It’s a wonderful way to get your bearings in this historic centre of this incredible city.