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Changing of the Guard

by euroky Online Now Sep 11, 2007 at 7:32 PM

How early should we arrive to be able to see the 11:55 changing of the guard ceremony? Also, how long does the ceremony last?

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    Re: Changing of the Guard

    by dl3424 Online Now Sep 12, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    The Changing of the Guard takes place in a large square with some shops and restaurants surrounding it. If you can get there early, you can see how crowded it is and either stake out a place for the ceremony or browse the shops until the ceremony begins. In reality, you should be able to arrive at the last minute, at 11:45 or even 11:50. It takes place in a rather large square so there is usually plenty of room. However, when I was there in May there were busloads of Italian tourists that made it much more crowded than I had ever seen it before.

    It only lasts about 5-10 minutes.

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