June 11, 2010, Newsletter Issue #34: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tours

Tip of the Week

A Vatican tour can often take longer than just one day to do properly and can also involve a great deal of walking. The best plan of action when planning a Vatican tour is to break your trip into two parts and visit over two days. If you do decide to do all of your touring in the same day, start as early as possible to ensure you have enough time to see everything you’re interested in.

A Vatican tour usually starts with the Vatican Museums. The museums have an extensive collection of displays, and audio tours are available for visitors to explain everything in the museum. A Vatican tour then usually moves on to the Sistine Chapel and then to St. Peter’s Basilica. The lines at the Sistine Chapel can often get very long. If you happen to arrive at a time when the wait is long you may want to visit St. Peter’s first and then return to the Sistine Chapel to avoid the lines. The Vatican Gardens are also an important part of any Vatican trip.

The Vatican has a dress code that you will need to keep in mind when planning a trip there. Vatican visitors are not allowed to wear shorts, sleeveless tops or shirts that have words or images printed on them that may be deemed offensive. Women are also not allowed to wear miniskirts or other clothing that could be classified as “revealing.” There are custodians placed outside of the doors of the Vatican to monitor who enters. If you arrive wearing inappropriate clothing you will be asked to leave and will not be permitted to enter.

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