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Vatican City

Listed under Cities in Rome, Italy.

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Ididn’t think it was possible to see the Vatican in half a day. But after hitting the highlights of Rome in just seven hours yesterday, I shouldn’t have been so skeptical.

Yes, it can be done.

If you arrive early enough (before 8 a.m., which for a busload of jetlagging Americans was not easy) and enter the Vatican Museum, cut through the exhibits to the Sistine Chapel, and then hit St. Peter’s via a shortcut used only by Vatican insiders and tour groups with special permission, thereby avoiding a long line, it’s possible.

Should you do it? Maybe.

Elliott's full take on the Vatican.

Written by  Elliott.

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Bless the Vatican

The Vatican is very easy to get to if you are staying in Rome, Italy. It is it's own small country completely built inside a wall surrounding the country.

There is lots of beautiful architecture and paintings. It is even home to the famous Basilica and decorated with paintings by Michelangelo.

When I was in the Vatican, the pope happened to be doing a blessing to the whole crowd, which was an amazing opportunity. Rosarys line the walls of the giftshops here and there are plenty of pastry and sandwich shops for around lunchtime.

This is a world famous city and should be visited by any who is interested in history or religion.

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