The Vatican Goes HiTech With IPod Tours

In an effort to reduce noise inside some of the most holy places in Christendom, the Vatican is going hi-tech and replacing their tour guides with self guided tours on iPods.

The program is being tested inside the St. John in Lateran Basilica, where staff gives tourists the option of touring the oldest basilica in Rome with loaned out iPods loaded with a custom app that showcases the Basilica’s architecture, art collection and stories about Christian history.

The program will be formally unveiled tomorrow and is free to all who opt for the iPod Tour. Users will, however, have leave their ID or other indentification as collatoral to get the iPods back.

The experiment runs through December with expectation that it will go Vatican wide in the New Year.

Hat Tip – Fox News