Looking to the Painted Heavens in the Vatican Museum, Vatican City
In a museum that houses everything from paintings by Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci to the famous Egyptian Book of the Dead, it might be hard to choose a single place to rest your gaze. You can circle the Greek or Roman statues you might have only seen in textbooks before this, puzzle out centuries-old Italian cartography, or even count the brushstrokes in a Renaissance painting. After that, though, make sure to to raise your eyes to the heavens--or in this case, to the museum's spectacularly decorated ceilings. They might be carved or painted--at times it's very hard to tell--but they'll definitely grab your (and your camera's) attention. Just make sure, reluctant or not, to force your attention back down before you start walking, or you may well find yourself tripping over a few other awestruck travelers.