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When visiting Rome, most people are anxious to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Away from the bustling streets of Rome, Vatican City achieves the serenity and peace befitting the largest religious building in the world. Enter the city walls and gaze at the sheer size and beauty of the architecture. Move inside and the artwork will take your breath away.
The history of the Sistine Chapel and particularly the ceiling, which was famously painted by Michelangelo against his will, is explained during the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tours. You'll have the chance to study the artwork and ask questions, but leave the camera at your hotel -- no photographs are allowed. It is recommended that you buy a copy of The Guide to the Vatican Museums and City before you enter. This will give you both a source of reference and a memento of the sights.
Another rule: You must adhere to a strict rule of silence on the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tours.
Although the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel is extraordinary, be sure you take a look at the wall frescos, too. Many visitors are so enchanted by the ceiling they completely miss the other stunning artwork on display