to get to the sistine chapel you have to make your way through the Vatican museum, this is a good experience, and even though very busy and crowded you could take your time and enjoy some of the incredible art work, The galleria delle carte Geografiche being incredible. You eventually get to the sistine chapel, before entering a sign asks you to be quiet, respect the holy place, no photos and dress appropriately. everyone visiting observed these rules and entered through a small doorway. theres no getting away from the fact that the art work is magnificent, however don't expect to enjoy it!! you are packed in with crowds of people with the guards constantly shouting telling you where to stand, pushing and shoving people around like cattle. then over a microphone another member of staff shouts "silence" at regular intervals, the only people in the room making any noise were the staff/guards. This is not a holy, religious or spiritual experience, nor is it a fabulous opportunity to marvel at the art work, i appreciate that the vatican has to deal with high volumes of people but this is not the way to do it!!
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