While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines.
Our goal was to tour the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Started in 1506 by Pope Julius II, the Vatican Museums contain one of the finest art collections in the world. Although it's impossible to see all of the vast collection, we found many of the priceless treasures acquired by the church over centuries. We crept through the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, which contains the world's most famous frescoes on its ceiling and one of its walls. Inside, we saw Michelangelo's most famous and dramatic masterpieces, including The Creation and The Last Judgment, both of which have been recently restored to fully reveal their majestic glory.