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Address: Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number: 39 06 6982
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Activities: City walk sightseeing

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How best to see the Pope

Most Wednesday's the Pope holds a general audience. You must book and hold a ticket , although the ticket is free. The best way to see the Pope up close is : get there early, aim... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Most Wednesday's the Pope holds a general audience. You must book and hold a ticket , although the ticket is free. The best way to see the Pope up close is : get there early, aim to arrive by 7:30 am, get through security and head straight up to the seated area ( it's all free) closest to St Peter's;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is deeply impressive but so will be most things on your tour of room . This takes a bit longer for most people than they initially think. Go in the early morning if you can.

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Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Oh man, there is just so much to do inside the walls of the Vatican, the museums, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel. My wife told me I probably didn't have to give us 6 hours here after we finished St. Peter's Basilica in just over one hour. But then we went up to the top of the dome, we did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

So much to see in Vatican City so be prepared to spend a day or two exploring it. Art, architecture, sculptures, and simply the history alone will leave you spellbound. Hire a private guide if possible so you can take your time but do so in advance. Don't take advantage of the people in the piazza offering to take you... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I'm not sure why there is a listing for 'Roman Curia' here as that term actually refers to the governing bodies of the Holy See (which is not the Vatican City State) - in other words, it's the administrative body of the Catholic Church, not a tourist attraction, and not a physical place. But since people seem to be interpreting... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

On August 19th my daughter and I visited the Vatican. We were just planning to go on our own but when we got there, we were overwhelmed by how much there was to see. The Sistine Chapel was our number one priority. We signed up for Happy Tours realizing that we would learn more if we went on a tour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife and I were in Italy on our 40th wedding anniversary trip in November. We took the train from Sorrento to Rome for a day tour with a private limo service. We spent the afternoon at the Vatican touring the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We had a private guided tour of the Vatican. This enabled us... More 

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Kilcock, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I'm all for maximising time on a short weekend away so I booked this thinking it would help us skip the lines and get us around the Vatican sights in 3 hours as promised. The tour was to start at 2pm. From 2pm-2.45pm we were standing in doorway of a shop being told bad jokes and some info on ancient... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this November and spent a month in Italy ... By far the highlight of the trip was the Papal Audience. Our pastor had gotten in touch with a priest he knows in Rome and that priest requested 'reparto speciale' tickets because of our anniversary ... We sat up at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Vatican is one of the most interesting sites in Rome and I would definitely recommend it as a must see. However the hordes of people that visit the Vatican on a daily basis can make the experience frustrating. I would recommend that you go round the back and pay for entrance in the museum (which is amazing!) – it... More 

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