Posted June 18th, 2013, 08:02 AM
We'll be in Rome for a day on Thursday July 11. I've heard of the terrifying crowds for the Vatican. I've suggested to our tour agents that after seeing the other city main sites, we may want to drive to the Vatican after lunch and let our three teenagers walk around in the area. The tour agents suggest we do the St Peter Basilica but not the museums and sistine chapel. I am confused what tour of the Vatican can include. Could someone help clarify for me?
Having experienced an "all in one day" Rome tour, I understand your hesitation.
We visited in May with RomeInLimo. We spent the morning seeing the other Rome highlights with a 2 pm Vatican reservation. This was our first visit to Rome. It was beautiful, breathtaking, and put me into sensory overload. Proof in the pudding as they say... I shot over 1,000 photos on this vacation. Zero were inside the Vatican. By the time we started our part of the human tidal wave, I gladly let my husband take over the photography while I swam with the constantly moving stream of people. We were with a group of eight and staying together was mandatory. If we'd lost anyone, I don't know how we would have found them again until possibly the very end.
If I were able to re-plan the day, I would have skipped the Vatican. It was beautiful, full of history, and I missed most of it. If I'm ever fortunate enough to return, I'll spend the majority of my day revisiting the Vatican - knowing I either need to pay for a tour guide or plan on visiting with just my husband so we can slow down and enjoy the beauty.
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