Apart from his daily duties, a guard has got a vast choice of possibilities in his spare time.
The sports enthusiast will find his own football team, FC Guardia, which takes part in the Vatican Championship, competing with different teams of the Vatican, such as the police or the museum’s guards. There is also a gym within the living quarters to help compensate for the long hours of standing still on duty.
The musically talented will find the perfect opportunity in the Guard’s band. Even the learning of a new wind instrument is possible. Apart from its main performance during the swearing-in ceremonies on 6 May, the Guard’s band plays at various festivals such as on National Day or Christmas.
A team of five Albertine sisters makes sure that nobody goes hungry. Besides lots of pasta and meat dishes, they also cook some authentic Swiss delicacies. Additionally, a salad buffet with a vast selection is available to the guards.
Within the guards’ district there is also the tailoring workshop where all the uniforms are made to measure.