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15 things you learn and see on a Vatican tour

Recently I took a tour with Walks of Italy. They are one of my fave Rome and Italy tour operators because their philosophy is very small groups with extremely competent and knowledgeable guides. We chose The Complete Vatican Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and Jowita our guide was just wonderful. When we saw the crowds and tourists snaking around the Vatican walls, I knew we’d

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Conclave made me a star

It’s not every day you’re in Rome and get to see a Pope resign, a Papal Conclave and a new Pope elected. Well that’s what I have been quoted saying in the three interviews I’ve conducted in Rome and Vatican City over the past couple of weeks. That’s right people. I am in demand by the foreign press here and it’s confirmed a feeling I’ve suppressed for a long time

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Last Angelus & Conclave

You may or may not be interested in the fact that there has been a sede vacante (vacant seat – basically no pope!) at the Vatican for a couple of weeks now. This has not really impacted my life one bit, but I appreciate that the first Pope to resign in centuries is of historic significance. Two weekends ago, Pope Benedict delivered his last Angelus in St Peter’s square and

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Drills, Hammers and a Jesus Party to Remember

Since moving to Rome I have learnt to use a drill. I have also used a hammer and nails. Those of you who know me well – yes – you are on the right page and reading the right blog. And no, I have not been recently been abducted by aliens. It’s just me learning to do the things a strong, independent, single woman of the world should know how

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My good luck year in Rome

Well it’s just past midnight in Rome and according to Italians, I have just entered what is apparently going to be the luckiest year of my life! I’ve just turned 33 and according to this overly religious and superstitious bunch, this is my ‘L’anno di Cristo‘ – year of Christ (or as some of my friends and I jokingly call it, my ‘Jesus Year’). My response to every Italian (and

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