(September 16, 2016) I prefer exploring places on my own, but I do recognize there are times when I will need the assistance of a tour guide. The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican are among those places. Not only are they large – they are also religious sites. I want to make sure that someone will be there to tell me what I can and can’t do, and where to go and what to look at. Because of that, I had booked a guided tour long before I came to Europe for a two-week trip.
The tour cost me 32 euros. It includes the full ticket price of 16 euros and the payment of 10.50 euros for the tour guide.
The last part of the roughly two-hour tour was the visit to the Sistine Chapel, where picture-taking is strictly prohibited. I didn’t take any; I wanted to be in my best behavior in the house of God. But of course, that prohibition didn’t prevent a few tourists from secretly taking pictures of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, particularly the iconic The Creation of Adam fresco painted by Michelangelo.