The Pope’s Tile Store

Every so often I get a chance to visit something here in Roma that is not accessible to the populus generalus: the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel after hours with a small group; the Headquarters of the Knights of Malta; a long buried Mithraeum; the monastery garden at St Croece; the Scavi under St Peter’s; and just last week the Mosaic Factory in the Vatican City.

Not to make it sound too exclusive, these sort of special visits are available for everyone, it just takes some fore thought, some planning and a bit of knowing how to arrange it.

Next on the list – this coming Friday a visit to the Vatican Gardens with our friend Cathy.

Interesting note: One of the major tasks the Vatican Mosaic Factory faces on a monthly basis is replacing tiles in the dome of the Basilica. While up there many tourists have a habit of chipping off pieces to take home as souvenirs.

20 giugno – Sant’Ettore

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

7 thoughts on “The Pope’s Tile Store”

  1. Reblogged this on Willy Or Won't He and commented:

    Occasionally I will go back over previous posts to see what I was doing around this time in other years. Earlier this week I looked back at this week in June 2009 and came across a post announcing the birth of a young man who has just turned 12 this past week. It’s hard to believe!

    Then I came across a visit we had made to what I called The Pope’s Tile Store in the heart of Vatican City. I made a short video at the time: I was new to playing around with that sort of thing so the narration and style do leave something to be desired but it does give a peek into something that most people don’t know exists. I suggested expanding the video to full screen.

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