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Vatican Museum Tour and Handbags/Backpacks

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It is my understanding that you must check your handbag/backpack with security before you enter the museums.

If that is SOP, when you complete your tour at the Sistine Chapel, does that mean you must exit the chapel through the door that leads back into the building to retreive your possessions?

We would like to exit the chapel through the "tour" door and proceed to St. Peter's Basilica, which saves a lot of time.

This is what is nagging at me: If anyone who has exited the tour door and did not have a handbag when they first entered, where do you keep all your "stuff" for the remainder of the day. In your pockets?

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