The Vatican Museums are open with reservations on Friday nights. The atmosphere and feel is electric. The sense is like those attending are privileged – which they are since tickets are limited and Fridays are the only nights where there is access to the public. Getting to know a family from Australia at dinner at Bianco’s Vespette e Forchette, prior to attending, clearly both families didn’t want the other to feel left out for not having access. And both families felt like they are part of an exclusive club when it was known that all were attending.
If you go, go at night. The place was alive with a classical music concert and many visitors. Pictures are limited by rules to not include the Sistine Chapel. Giants are rule followers and did not snap pics while many other visitors were. Basically, if you want to take pictures when you visit you may be judged in a final judgment after you get away with the action at the time.
A two plus hour guided tour at the Vatican prior to the highlight of the chapel took its toll on the smallest Giant. He and all other Giants were troopers.
Giant tip: book the Friday night tickets once you know you will be in Rome since they sell out early.
Compared to other historic sites in Rome, and Europe for that matter, the Vatican has modernized the non-historic parts.