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2006 Trip - Italy - Rome - Vatican

Friday 5-12-06

We had breakfast at the hotel and then headed over to Vatican City on the Metro (hugging our possessions tightly).

I had tried to make the faxed reservations for the Vatican Museum-Sistine Chapel tour where you go in the back door and do not have to stand in line, but heard nothing before we left home, so we decided to take our chances. The line was HUGE! A guy came up trying to sell us a tour and bypass the line for 50E each (including the 12E entrance fee). The tour guide supposedly spoke English, but we could barely understand her, so we left the group once we got inside.

Too many people all the way thru the Museum and the Sistine Chapel until we got to St. Peter's Basilica. Its so huge that we were no longer crowded. And gorgeous - you just cannot imagine how gorgeous it was!

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Comments (3)

Huge and gorgeous indeed! I always look at the markings on the Basilica's floor comparing its lenght to other churches.

I also do love St Peter's, it is such a lovely church, and it sure is huge.
Bypassing the line at the Vatican was great for us with e-mailed reservations from the Vatican office.

I love spending time inside St. Peter's Basilica! I went twice when I was there two years ago. It is so beautiful and like you said, huge! Glad you didn't have to deal with the crowds once you got inside. I skipped the Vatican Museum because I didn't want to deal with the crowds. I did go once before in 1999 and really need to visit it again. Need to find out the secret first to avoid the crowds (if there is one). Beautiful photos!

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