Petra Hotel And Residence

124 S. Vandi 124, Rome, Lazio, 183, Italy

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Sistine Chapel

by foona

Is it possible to bypass the museum and go directly to the Sistine Chapel?

Re: Sistine Chapel

by leics

No, you can only enter the Sistine Chapel from within the museum complex.

However, there is nothing to stop you making a beeline for the chapel and ignoring the rest of the museum, if you wish.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by foona

Thanks. I've visited the museums twice, so I'll leave the decision to my friend, for whom it's going to be the first time.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by leics

Had a similar issue with my friend. In the end, she decided against. She was more impressed by the interior of Santa Maria Maggiore than by anything else.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by puerto_lover

I am sure that you can but only when invited ! There is a great Virtual tour of the chapel with accompanying music here:

Pity the music is not Allegri's Miserere

There are two exits from the chapel from memory. One that the tour groups tend to use that goes swiftly to the Basilica and cuts out the long walk back to the museum entry point which in turn is a long walk round to the Basilica.
I imagine that it is possible to make a quicker exit by using this door which is on the right side when facing the rear of the chapel. The usual door for independent visitors is on the other side - the left. Maybe someone knows best on this point ?

Re: Sistine Chapel

by foona

Yes, I remember our guide took us through the door on the right and to the basilica. I guess we'll have to try to blend in with a group, if we do it individually.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by goodfish

But the above mention is an EXIT from the chapel: you still need to go through the museum to the chapel to get to it.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by GrumpyDiver

But no one makes you linger in the museum. I got there about 1/2 hour before the ticket booth closed and high-tailed it through the museum to get to the Sistine Chapel. To me the muesuem ended up a nicely decorated hallway that got me to the Sistine Chapel.

Re: Sistine Chapel

by cmcard2

yes you must go through the museum but you can walk briskly through the museum to get to the real attraction which is the sistine chapel - think when you leave there is an exit that takes u to st peters as opposed to walking all way around again

Re: Sistine Chapel

by leics

You cannot 'bypass the museum complex'. That's the whole point of the replies above!

Travel Tips for Rome

Most Romantic Place in Rome

by Vachana

If you visit Rome then dont forget to see this street. We had a great time here. Only because of time constraint we had to leave the place :-( The fountain, noise of the gushing water, a lady with guitar singing some romantic songs, aroma of the pizza from the restaurants and the yummy Gelato. The place was really a must see. Do not miss this place. The best way to explore Rome is by walk. Just keep walking as much as possible. We walked about 18 kms in 2 days and that is how we enjoyed the great Roman Empire. All the fountains and the amazing huge structures and the streets of Rome.


by Ladyplus

The term graffiti originally referred to the inscriptions, drawings, etc., found on the walls of ancient ruins like in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. Today this form of graffiti is vandalism and can be seen covering the sides of many buildings throughout the city of Rome.

Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano: Dinner Time!

by Krystynn

La pasta รจ semplicemente il miglior alimento inventato dall'uomo. Punto. ;-)

Translated into English, the above sentence literally means: Pasta is simply the best food ever invented by man. Period. And that's exactly how I feel. We feasted on delicious pasta, fish... and vino... and took home lots of happy memories with us.

And now, back to the walking virtual tour of the Castle......

Walking from the Eastern Tower base of this medieval castle to the castle entrance, you'd soon reach the Entry Hall - a wide circular staircase - leading to the Study and Library which is also known as the Pope's Hall. Apparently (based on the notes taken from the official brochure), Pope Sixtus IV was a guest here in 1481.



The roman subway is quite basic: it has only 2 lines that cross each other. Now, why's that? Because everytime they dig a hole, they find a roman ruin. Thus, the metro is what it is and it'll be no longer expanded.
Although it has only 2 lines, it reaches the most important places in the city. The quickest way to get to the Vatican is by metro. But, you'll miss the beautiful surroundings the city has to offer. So take the metro only if you're in a hurry. And only if you're sick and tired of Rome, which I think you won't.

Great Italian food

by TinKan about Near the Opera

This place is located right across from the Opera house and has some of the best Italian food we have had in a while.

The service was great (thank you Reduan) and the red wine was so nice. We were hooked on the fried zucchini that was soaked in olive oil salad as well as the dried tomatoes.

Oh and the tiramisu was so good with the grappa.


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