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"Drunken tourist herds" at Vatican? The fight to limit hours

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A British newspaper quotes an article published in Italy accusing the Vatican of failing to protect the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel by allowing too many crowds in on a daily basis, and understaffing the space.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/29/sistine-chapel-tourist-row

The Vatican has replied that ""We have entered the era of large-scale tourism, and millions want to enjoy our historical culture. Limiting numbers is unthinkable."

But aren't other churches in Rome closed for several hours a day? Aren't some only open on request? And isn't it true that the Vatican does restrict hours at nighttime, where you can only get in if you pay a huge amount of money for a limited-numbers tour?

Did you have a bad experience visiting the Sistine Chapel because of the crowds? I sure did.

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