Monday, April 03, 2006

New underground entrance planned

Vatican Museum to get new entrance

Underground mall would include shops and restaurants

(ANSA) - Rome, April 3 - Rome plans to solve access problems to the Vatican Museums by building a huge underground entrance mall complete with shops and restaurants.

The project was unveiled Monday by Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni who said: "We've done the archaeological probes and the Vatican is already looking at the project" .

The planned underground entrance would start at the Piazza del Risorgemento according to Veltroni.

The new entrance would go a long way towards solving one of the bugbears of tourists eager to get into the home of the Sistine Chapel and other artistic glories: the massive lines that form early in the day.

Visitors can wait as long as three hours in the hot Roman sun before they get in. [...]

Yes, make it easy... If everything were easy, nothing would be worth waiting for... But then self-mortification went out of style centuries ago.

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