Groundspeak Premium MemberNH82 visited Campo Santo Teutonico Kreuz - Vatikan, Italy
On an epic 9-day geotrip. The purpose of the trip was to visit as many new geocaching areas as possible. The trip was a total success, with Spain, Andorra, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Malta, Tunisia, San Marino, Vatican and Monaco added to my country list. In addition to those, I visited UK, Italy and Germany again and found some interesting caches in those countries as well. On this trip I also added Vueling, easyJet, Emirates, Air Malta and Tunisair to my airline list and Boeing 777-300ER to my aircraft list. The total distance flown was 13781 km. Even though my holiday lasted only one week with an extra weekend, after the trip it felt like I had been away for several weeks!

After the spending the night on the bus, I arrived at Rome Tiburtina bus station around 5 a.m. It was still dark when I arrived and walked to the railway station to take the metro to the Colosseum. As I arrived there, the first light of the day was already on the horizon, and I spent some time walking around the Colosseum taking photos before heading to the selfie station. After the Colosseum, I hopped on a bus and after two changes was near Vatican City.

After visiting the Railway to Vatican cache, I went to the gate and asked the Swiss Guard if I could visit Campo Santo. It was 8 a.m., which was the opening time given in the description of the virtual reward cache. However, they told me that the opening time is 9-12 a.m. and asked me to come back later. So I had the time to visit some other caches while waiting. Shortly after 9 a.m. I returned to the gate and asked the Swiss guards again if I could visit the cemetery.

This was one of the few times I have actually had to speak German, even though I studied it four years in the school and had two courses in the university some 14 years ago. Apparently my German was still good enough and after going through the security they granted me access to the cemetery. I found the oil lamp and took a lot of photos, including this one. Thanks for the waymark!