"Free guided walking tour at St. Peter's Basilica" Vatican City Tourist Trap Tip by hopang
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Beware of free-lance tour guides positioned outside St. Peter's Basilica! They attract unsuspecting foreign tourists with their promotion on free guided walking tour of St. Peter's Basilica. They are definitely not sanctioned by St. Peter's Basilica as admission to St. Peter's Basilica is free.
Each one of them will lead a group of approximately ten tourists. The tour is usually conducted in English and lasts approximately half an hour. Of course they will explain to you and provide you with all the important details of the various popular attractions inside St. Peter's Basilica. At the end of the tour just outside the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica, they will ask for a small donation for their effort. This is when everyone in the group starts to disperse. A good samaritan may probably donate two or three euros to the tour guide out of pity!
Unique Suggestions: Disperse from the walking tour group before the tour guide asks you for a small donation.
Fun Alternatives: Do not join the guided walking tour in the first place unless you are willing to pay for the simple service of the free-lance tour guides.
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