Apolistic Palace
Apolistic Palace
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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John P
6 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
I must say I got brilliant value for my money. As I approached the window from which the Pope can be seen that the other reviews mentioned, my child was whisked away by some child minders, and so I figured I’ll pay them later. I made sure to tip them brilliantly as little Rocco came back and told me all about the man who entertained him. Apparently he let my son feel a little mouse that was hiding in his pants, and performed a magic trick where it grew into a bunny and I was so pleased that he had such a brilliant time. Unfortunately the bunny was sick on my sons hand, but he said it tasted like salt and vinegar crisps. All in all the experience was amazing as I got a break from the little one and we both had a great time! 😎
Written April 15, 2022
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The architecture of the Palace, slightly hidden by the huge columns surrounding St. Peter’s Square, is absolutely stunning. It’s also known as Papal Palace and is closed to tourists – the best you’ll get are photographs from the Square. The grandeur is still very noteworthy.
Written February 27, 2020
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Nov 2018
At the right is the Pope residence, where he comes to the window sometimes to speak to the catholics; here is also ( I think) the Vatican Museum and the Vatican library; on either side are the matching fountains are the work of Carlo Maderno on the right, and on the left of Bernini.
Written October 8, 2019
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PopcornMonkeyReviews
West Yorkshire, UK3,835 contributions
Mar 2019
Like so many places in Rome this architecture is simply beautiful, absolutely breathtaking, we loved taking pictures of this place, a must visit when in Rome.
Written November 1, 2019
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Miha P
Maribor, Slovenia8,900 contributions
Oct 2019
Best name for this building is Pope's Palace. It is nothing special as architecture but interesting when pope is there at the open window.
Written October 5, 2019
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,877 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
The official residence of the Pope is also home to the Vatican museums with their fabulous collection, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, the magnificent Raphael rooms and the Vatican Library. Parts of the palace are open to the public.

The many attractions make it a must visit attraction.
Written May 21, 2019
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Kleime
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States472 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
The outside of the Palace has many columns and statues on the roof. This is the official residence of the Roman Catholic Pope and was opened in 1589. The Apolistic Palace is a complex building of 1000 rooms including Vatican Museums, some of the Catholic Church's Government offices, Vatican Library and a number of both private and public chapels. A truly amazing visit while in The Vatican City.
We visited in May 2017.
Written February 26, 2019
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Mercy’s Local Food Adventure
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia239 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Rich in religion. Blessed...... A must visit place. Amazing how the buildings were built in ancient times with such perfection.
Written February 21, 2019
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erodrig26
Parker, CO624 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
When you tour St Peters Square this structure is on the side. The architecture is something to see. Considering it is over 600 years old and still looks magnificent is a credit to those who designed and built it. Well worth seeing.
Written February 21, 2019
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel38,238 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Papal palace is located just next to St. Peter's square.
While impressive on its own, it's dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of the square and basilica.
Written January 19, 2019
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