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Mediterranean Meander

Vatican City

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Dinner in Trastevere on a Sunday night at 8.30pm is awesome. People moving through the laneways happy with life. People eating and drinking. Others just people watching. Vibrant is an understatement for this area. Tours traverse the area due to its history, combined with the architecture. Fantastic area to be staying for a few days.
The apartments we are staying at has a small elevator. We are on the 3rd of 4 floors and it is fun to squeeze into this little lift so much so it feels a bit like Fawlty Towers.
Vatican city tour at 9.15 am this morning. Guide was excellent with lots of information. The tour covered the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. All up it took over 2.5 hours but worth every minute. The museum was amazing, the tapestries and marble were impressive. This was a warm up to the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's work which was mind blowing. Even though we had to share the space with hundreds of others, we were still able to get a great appreciation for the masterpiece. St Peters is something else. Two football fields long and one football field wide it can hold 250,000 people and its interior holds wonderment everywhere. Once again, Michelangelo has excelled.
These areas are open to the public and bring the Vatican 212 million Euro per year in entry fees.
The Pope has his own guard detail. 100 fully trained Swiss military personnel aged 18 to 30, single and Catholic.
Lunch near the Vatican then we walked the River back home for a well earned rest.
Tomorrow we take the train to Tuscany for a week.

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Posted by pjandc 08:07 Archived in Vatican City

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So glad you enjoyed the tour....it's the best way to go!! The photo inside St Peter's with the people in the distance shows how huge it is...the scale of everything is enormous.

by Kerry

The art and architecture is amazing. The photos are great.

by Katrina

212mil tax free..............?
Really enjoying your blogs Pete, well done & enjoy your time in glorious Tuscany xx

by Sue

212 Million per year is what the guide told us. That is for
six days a week as Sunday is free 52 weeks of the year

by pjandc

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