on December 12, 2005
Regardless of what religion you are, you MUST visit the Vatican City and the Vatican Museum. The architecture is amazing, and you will have a chance to see some of the works of the world's best artists: Michelangelo, Bernini, etc. St. Peter's Cathedral is beautiful as well, and the dome is breathtaking. St. Peter's Square is also awe-inspiring. Tickets are required, but they are reasonably priced. You will want to arrive very early in the morning (7-ish) to get in line outside the Vatican walls or you will be in for a long wait outside. Remember to dress appropriately--women cover the shoulders and knees and men should be in long pants. Also know that the Vatican can close up shop at any point during the day, another reason to show up early.Even as a non-religious person, I found this excursion well worth my time. There is a lot of secular history within the walls of the Vatican City as well. Be prepared to be moved by the art and the atmosphere of the place itself.Finally, remember that there is NO flash photography, so make sure you know how to turn your flash off. And in the Sistine Chapel there is no photography at all--if caught, the Swiss Guard will take your film.
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