Vatican Museums

These stairs lead down and out of the museum - we all thought they were really cool!  The Vatican Museums are HUGE - over 1400 rooms and over 60,000 pieces on display.  We spent many hours there and could not possibly have seen everything!  The one thing that really stood out was how every space was used - there is not just art hung on the walls.  It is painted on every ceiling, hung or displayed on every surface, including tile mosaics on the floors.  Your head was spinning trying to see it all!  By the time you get to the Sistine Chapel at the end (which is beautiful) you are on such a visual overload that you don't really enjoy it the way you should!  No pictures are allowed in the chapel, but here are some of the statues, ceilings, and floor mosaics for you to see.