With friends reporting a dusting of snow just outside of Rome and thunder, lightening and a messy mix of rain and sleet bucketing down in my part of town, I have to admit, it was not easy to make myself go outside. But the invitation for the VIP secret Vatican tour offered by Walks of Italy was too tantalizing to miss for some pesky weather. I made my way across town and just as I ventured outside the rain stopped and there were even slices of blue sky to glimpse.
I had been to the Vatican before and knew I didn't want to go hungry, so I factored in time for a detour to the new Bonci bakery nearby, and then met the Walks of Italy team at a friendly bar near the Vatican Museum entrances.
While the brief period in between the Christmas holidays and Carnivale festivities is typically quiet, we had even the public spaces of the museums practically to ourselves.
A Vatican guard accompanied us, keys in hand, for the entire tour, to access the usually off limits sights.
On our way to the Sistine Chapel we had a quick visit through the museum's modern collection
At the end of the tour, a secret exit leading directly to the Basillica San Pietro.
Whether you are a longtime resident or a visitor to Rome, you really do not want to miss this exclusive peek with Walks of Italy, into some of the Vatican's most exclusive treasures.
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