You just have to visit Rome to appreciate its vibrancy of today mixed with the ancient world of the Roman Empire. Highly recommend a tour of St Peter's Basilica. Makes you feel as though you come close the great one, Peter himself. A real spiritual experience. The Vatican is what you want to make it...a monument to the popes or a personal Christian experience. We are not Catholic, however, the role the Vatican church has played in Christendom cannot be underestimated. We also experienced the plazas and fountains and had a great lunch in a unique restaurant along the riverfront. A great tour.