A Tour of the Vatican

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tour of the Vatican

From Liechtenstein I took the train all the way to Rome, with stops in Zurich and Milan. Italy is kind of a pain for the Eurail pass because they still charge you for reservations, which cost a lot. But after some searching I finally found slow trains that don’t require the reservation.

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I’ve never been to Rome, but its so prevalent in pop  culture that I felt like I knew it already. When I arrived I checked in it the Retrome Hotel, which turned out to be the nicest hotel I’ve staid at in Europe  so far, and was only 5 minutes walk to the Colosseum. In true Rome style my giant room came equipped with a  bottle of wine, some grapes, and the makings for espresso. Such an amazing hotel, and they are even going to hook me up in their Barcelona branch when I get there.

On my second day in Rome I decided to take the City Wonders Vatican Tour. I obviously don’t love religion, but their is no denying the immensity and beauty in the epicenter of Catholicism. The tour was about four hours long and led by a knowledgeable guide. The tour was a private, skip the line kind of tour, which is definitely the way to go because when we came out there was a line about a mile long. It didn’t help that the Pope was in town and the place was locked down half the day. Anyways, here are some of the highlights of this sweet tour of the Vatican.

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican

tour of the Vatican
tour of the Vatican
tour of the Vatican

4 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful pictures! I’m also jealous you got to skip the line at the Vatican. I waited two hours one day before giving up and making online reservations for a week later. Which, by the way, I highly recommend to anyone going without a group.

  2. Good post!l And your photos are really great! As your previous commenter said, on-line reservations are the way to go. We spent a little over a week in Rome last spring, and everything there is a pain. Lines and crowds everywhere, so you really have to think ahead to arrange your time. Patience is a requirement, too- you cannot hurry the lines or crowds. But it is all worth it- it truly is the eternal city and deserves as much time as you can squeeze in.

  3. […] lot of tours, especially in Europe, and each one is Unique. I’ve taken a private tour of the Vatican, graffiti tours in Portugal and Romania, and even holy tours in Israel. But maybe the most fun was […]

  4. Thanks….I love the pics..I went to Rome last Dec 2013 and seen most of these sights…but I didn’t go inside the Colosseum or the Vatican because of the long queue. Its true that one really needs patience. But overall, it was a very memorable trip.
    One thing that stood out in my memory though, is the lack of public toilet facilities in there. I vividly remember my bladder bursting but couldn’t find a place to pee. ;-D Paris was so much better for me because they had public toilets almost everywhere. Whew!

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