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Vatican City
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The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope.
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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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It is well worth your time to spend a number of hours here, between Saint Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums. The square itself is just interesting to see and put into context what you see in movies and on TV and it is worth just sitting and trying to take in the amazing statues and architecture around you.

For our trip we got to the Vatican City at around 9.30am, we had planned to be there as early as we could as we did not book any tickets for the Basilica and we wanted to limit the time we would have to spend in line. The Basilica itself is free. The line looks more intimidating than it really is. We spent 30 mins between joining the line and getting to the door of the Basilica so that included going through the security check. The line itself stretched right across the square, but it was constantly moving.
Inside, we went straight to the line for the Dome. going up to the Dome involves walking up a number of steps. Tickets were €8 for using the stairs the whole way up to the top or €10 for skipping some of the stairs with a partial elevator trip. We chose the stairs only ticket and it worked out well as we wasted no time waiting in a second line for the elevator. The stairs range from being very wide to very narrow and very steep but are doable.
The Dome is amazing and well worth going up to see it, You first see the inside of the Dome and look down on the inside of the Basilica. You then go up more steps and you end up out the top of the Basilica looking down on Saint Peters Square. For only €8 we saw the Basilica from all angles which was great value for money . The steps on the way down from the Dome bring you directly into the Basilica and then you are able to view the inside.
We then had pre booked tickets for the Vatican Museum so we had to find the tour provider. The tour guide then showed us inside. Some people had bought tickets online and some people had pre booked tickets. The company we were it also accommodated a group that had arrived late for their entry time.


For the Vatican Museum you need an audio guide if you don't have an in person guide. There is so much to see in it and the audio guide does help give you some context to each room you are viewing. The highlights of the museum for me were the Maps room and the very last room on the museum map where we saw the vehicles that the Pope uses to travel in.

The Vatican City is well worth a visit on a trip to Rome. If you have to stand in a line for any length of time its well worth it and you will not regret it. I would advice planning ahead and seeing travel times for how long it takes to get to the Vatican City from your accommodation just to make sure you get the most out of your time there.
Written June 3, 2022
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triciamorse4
Cwmbran, UK118 contributions
Couples
So before we start I am not religious by any stretch however my partner wanted to take a trip to The Vatican City. (Eyes rolled) We walked an hour from our Hotel purely because we wanted to see and explore more of Rome that way.
When we arrived to say I was overwhelmed by the sheer size & beauty was an understatement.
This place is stunning.
The architecture, the symmetry, everything is just amazing.
It's free to get into St. Paul's Basilica and it is well worth queuing to take a look, please remember to take your covid passport/green card when you visit as well as your fave mask that meets Italian requirements.
☆☆☆☆Please also note that men & women must have the tops of their arms covered and dresses/skirts must be below the knee and no shorts for men or women☆☆☆☆
We paid €5 euros each to go into a small museum located by one of the shops and again I'll be honest the items here made the crown jewels back home look insignificant. Definitely worth a look.
This place is amazing. Steeped in history and full of wonder & splendour.
Written March 24, 2022
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,787 contributions
At 121 acres, Citta del Vaticano (Vatican City) is the smallest city -state in the world. It has it's own flag and post office. Be sure to get a post card and mail it home. Also make sure it is dropped it into one of the mail boxes inside Vatican City so you can receive the Vatican post mark. The Pope is known as the sovereign of Vatican City, as well as, the Bishop of Rome.

The major structures of Vatican city include: (1) St. Peter's Basilica which is free to enter but long lines await you. The underground tomb of St. Peter has an admission fee of 13 Euros and requires an advanced reservation. It is 8 Euros to climb to the top of the dome. (2) Musei Vaticano which is actually several museums . The museum is not free but is usually combined with other Vatican city landmarks. You can buy a timed ticket online. (3) Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican museum and is covered by your Vatican museum ticket. No photos are allowed in the Sistine Chapel but I have seen many photos in reviews. (4) The Vatican gardens are extensive at 57 acres. There is no general access but require an admission ticket. Tours are also available if you care to see the gardens.

Vatican City is financially supported by donations from the faithful, the purchase of postage stamps, purchases of items from the religious stores in Vatican City, admissions to the Vatican museums and sales of publications.

It is not possible to see all the highlight of Vatican city in a day. Depending on your interests the Vatican museums can be a two day event. To get the most out of your visit it is important to do a lot of research ahead of time. A general audience with the Pope requires a reservation usually months in advance. Check the Vatican website months in advance before you go.
Written November 25, 2020
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Karen S
Solon, OH55 contributions
Knowing that we wanted to climb the dome of St. Peter's Basilica early in the morning we booked our tour in advance. A few days prior to the tour we realized that we had a conflict with a crypt tour and I inquired if we could change the date. The person on the phone said that she'd get back to me within two hours. Instead I received an email that our tours, which had included St. Peter's and later that afternoon the Sistine Chapel, had been cancelled.

I immediately sent an email and called and said, that no, I had not asked for the tours to be cancelled. They indicated that there was a computer glitch, and that I would receive a refund, and no, they could not reschedule my tours as only French tours were now available. Horrible customer service!
Written July 8, 2022
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Sandra D
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Family
Horrible experience. We checked the website before we went. The site stated that there were access to the Vatican for people in wheelchairs. That family members will enter with the person in wheelchair. First not signs anywhere of how to access. Second: everyone we asked didn't knew anything. Third: we asked two guards they screamed to us and didn't show the way or what to do. Fourth: the stones in the floor made almost impossible to move the wheelchair. Fifth: people there only want to sell and sell. All about money.
You will expect more inclusion in this place. Wrong, it is all about the money. My poor mother had very high expectations from the Vatican, everything went down in less than 10 minutes.
I have dual citizenship, I ended telling everyone asking that I was from my original country and not American. Because as soon as you tell them the prices will go up three times on anything, except from the Ubers because they control the fares and not the drivers.
Rome disappointed, garbage everywhere and homeless people every corner. I grow up in what is called third world country, but I never saw that much homeless and garbage around.
I live now in a third world country too. They don't have that here. It is very secure. I never feel like they take advantage from the fact that we are Americans here in Tirana.
Italy, is the second country I visited from the Union. Did not impress me at all. I remembered Berlin been a little dirty too, but not that much homeless people. It is sad with all the resources the Vatican had, why not to do something for the Rome people.
Written April 24, 2022
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Hermanfloyd
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We visited the Vatican in February with our three teenage sons and father. We took a private tour with Rome Private Guides. This was an excellent choice; certainly we were able to skip all the lines, but most importantly, the guide allowed our family to absorb a ton of history. Our sons were engaged the entire time. Our guide, Laura Gangemi, studied art history in college with an emphasis on Raphael. She used to be a school teacher and therefore was able to tailor the tour to our teenagers to keep the history extremely interesting, funny, lively, and engrossing for well over three hours straight. We were able to ask a ton of questions and linger where we wanted to take photos or absorb the phenomenal beauty. We toured the Vatican museum, the Sistine Chapel/St. Peter's. She told us funny, detailed, and interesting stories throughout about the popes, the history of the Catholic church through the ages, Catholic traditions, biblical background, and the artists. There were so many highlights, but even among the masses of visitors, we felt that we were seeing the Vatican from a unique and special angle, particularly with her background in art history and Raphael in particular. After the tour, we chose to walk up to the top of the dome, which I would highly recommend if you are reasonably fit and want a beautiful view of the inside of St. Peter's, the mosaics, the grounds of the Vatican, and the city. You can stay as long as you would like after the tour if you would like to see even more. I felt that this tour was the perfect amount of time, particularly with teens. I would highly recommend this tour guide, particularly if you have kids and would like to absorb as much history as possible. Also, I think that February is a great time to visit given that the temperature is mild and it is sunny.
Written February 24, 2020
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Steph
Dorset, UK44 contributions
Couples
An amazing place, the Basilica is absolutely huge inside and outside, it’s amazing! Free to visit but remember to cover shoulders, it says on signs to cover your knees too (no shorts) so we prepared for this but we found a lot of people were wearing shorts still, they did have a thin shawl they gave to some People to wrap round them for very short shorts, or to Cover shoulders. They seemed stricter on the shoulder then the knees to be covered.
We wore long trousers and tops anyway so wasn’t worried, but it was a really hot day and had to walk from Our hotel which was quite a stroll, next time I would wear longer shorts and vest but take a shawl with me, which I think would be cooler if it’s planned to be over 32c! It was 36C when we went!!
I would highly recommend walking up to the Dome at the top of the Basilica, was €10 which we bought tickets on the day, short que for this about 20mins, included the lift to about 1/3 of the way, which I would recommend as it’s alot of steps in total! Approx 300 with lift or approx 550 without lift! It was a very hot day so we chose to do the lift which was only an extra €2, walking would have been €8 but the lift is definitely worth the extra on a hot day!!
The winding stair case to the very top is an experience in itself, so narrow and windy, but SO worth the views from the top! A great visit!!
Written July 15, 2022
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Pria B
London, UK42 contributions
Couples
Loved to Visit Vatican City! There is tons to see and experience there.
If you manage to go to Italy on the first Sunday of the month them most museums are free to enter as well.
You have to pay for extra activities you would like to do only.
Written April 8, 2022
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CSH
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
No doubt this is a place filled with fantastic architecture and history. BUT it is just too crowded in the summer for anyone to enjoy it. I was basically stuck in a crowd all the time when I was going through the entire museum route There is no room to manoeuvre or even pause to admire the museum and the crowd will just move you along, room after room.

Overall a pretty underwhelming experience, and not worth the 17 euros I paid.
Written August 7, 2022
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rockobello
montreal336 contributions
Walk the grounds with hamburger in hand and a drink and admire the workmanship and the $$$ the church has to create such a marvel. Not religious but can still enjoy looking at what man can create with their hands, be it building, roads or statues. I did not go inside this time but have in the past and it is worth seeing. Also nice going around the place and seeing the road into Vatican City with its colorful guards.
Written July 11, 2022
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