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Visiting the Musei Vaticani like a VIP with Walks of Italy

Bramante's Staircase - Statue

Imagine, if you will, making your way through the crowded mess that is the Musei Vaticani on a typical summer day. Packed with tourists, you shuffle through, half-admiring the timeless art and half-watching your step. Now, imagine that Vatican security steps out just for you, unhinging velvet ropes and letting you through to areas prohibited to the public. “Wow… VIP,” an American tourist comments, partly in jest and in jealousy. You smile, humbly, but also somewhat proudly, because you certainly feel like a “VIP” as you bypass the hordes and enter breathtaking areas like sections of the Stanze di Raffaello with just you, your guide and a few others.

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Crossing Ponte Sant’Angelo (video) and Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo may be the most worthwhile attraction in Rome that requires admission. Unlike more famous sites like the Colosseo or the Musei Vaticani, Emperor Hadrian’s fortress-turned-museum is relatively uncrowded, features an art exhibition and provides brilliant views of the city. Located in front of the castle is Rome’s most beautiful bridge, the Ponte Sant’Angelo, Bernini’s bridge with ten angels spanning its length across the Tevere.

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