Vatican free Sundays: stay far, far away

 

 

Most of the time, my clients take my advice. And one of my standing pieces of advice is to never visit the Vatican on free Sundays. But on one recent occasion, I was designing an itinerary for a family with only one specific day to see the Vatican, which just happened to fall on the last Sunday of the month. Because they had no other option, I tried very (!) hard to make it work for them, and in the process realized there was no way I could in good conscience send them to the Vatican on a free Sunday. So I gave advice I have never previously given: I told them to skip the Vatican and save it for their next trip to Italy. Here’s why:

 

 

Still think you can make it work? Read this tripadvisor post, in which people who have visited the Vatican museums on free Sundays explain why they’d never do it again. And if, after reading all of this, you’re thinking “well I’ll just get in line at 6 am and bring my Bose noise-canceling headphones”, then good luck, have fun, and at least you know what you’re in for. 

 

Photo of Sistine Chapel detail by Michelangelo taken by freeparking 

 

 

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