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Quick Facts
Capital Vatican City
Government Theocracy/ elective monarchy
Currency euro (EUR)
Area 0.44 sq km
Population 821 (July 2007 est.)
Language Latin (official), Italian (official)
Religion Roman Catholic (100% and official)
Electricity 230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Country code +39
Internet TLD .va
Time Zone UTC +1


Perhaps the Vatican needs no introduction. The center of the Roman Catholic Church and encompassing the Vatican City state, as well as the surrounding Roman neighborhoods of the Vaticano, Prati, and Monte Mario, this small slice of the city is packed with more history and artwork than most cities in the world.

Understand

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) is the latest and only current Papal state in existence and the temporal seat of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Church. Situated within the city of Rome in Italy, the Vatican is the world's smallest state. Outside the Vatican City itself, 13 buildings in Rome and Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, also enjoy extraterritorial rights. On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pontiff, taking the name Pope Francis.

History

The origin of the Papal States, which over the years have varied considerably in extent, may be traced back to AD 756 with the Donation of Pepin. However the popes were the de facto rulers of Rome and the surrounding province since the fall of the Roman Empire and the retreat of Byzantine power in Italy. Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century, when many of the Papal States were seized by the newly united Kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the pope's holdings were further circumscribed when Rome itself was annexed.

Disputes between a series of "prisoner" popes and Italy were resolved in 1929 by three Lateran Treaties, which established the independent state of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy. On 11 February 1929, three treaties were signed with Italy which, among other things, recognized the full sovereignty of the Vatican and established its territorial extent.

In 1984, a concordat between the Holy See and Italy modified certain of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion.

The pope is elected for life by the College of Cardinals. When the election was last held (March 13, 2013, Pope Francis I), it attracted large crowds.

Present concerns of the Holy See include interreligious dialogue and reconciliation, and the application of church doctrine in an era of rapid change and globalization. About 1 billion people worldwide profess the Catholic faith.

Terrain

The Vatican sits on a low hill between 19 m and 75 m above sea level. With a boundary only 3.2 km around, the enclosed land area is smaller than some shopping malls. However the buildings are far more historic and architecturally interesting. When talking about terrain, most of the country's area is the Vatican gardens

Population

Although 1,000 people live within Vatican City, many dignitaries, priests, nuns, guards, and 3,000 lay workers live outside the Vatican. Officially, there are about 800 citizens making it the smallest nation in demographic size on the globe. The Vatican even fields a soccer team composed of the Swiss Guard who hold dual citizenship.

Get in

Map of the Vatican

It's easy to get to the Vatican by taxi, bus or by foot from Rome—the closest neighborhood on the other side of the Tiber being Navona. A beautiful experience can be get to San Peter walking from Piazza Venezia, along Via del Plebiscito, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and then Via della Conciliazione (or, if you want, from Termini, walking along Via Nazionale), in the closest aproximation to the Washingtonian "National Mall" or Parisian Voie Imperiale that Rome has to offer you. Take the Metro line A to Cipro for the Museums, or Ottaviano for St. Peter's, or the tram to Piazza del Risorgimento.

From Central Rome, the #64 bus goes right to the southern end of the Vatican, but it is filled with pickpockets so guard your valuables!

Get around

With 109 acres (44 hectares) within its walls, the Vatican is easily traveled by foot; however, most of this area is inaccessible to tourists. The most popular areas open to tourists are the Basilica of St. Peter and the Vatican Museums.

If you're heading up Monte Mario, wear comfortable shoes—it's quite a climb!

Talk

Latin enthusiasts rejoice! There is one country in the world that holds Latin (in addition to Italian) as its official language, and the able traveller is invited to check out the urban legend that you can indeed get by within the city state only using the "dead" language. Italian, however, remains the more useful of the two. English is widely spoken here, as are most major languages of the world—this is the Vatican, a city for the world's Catholics and all who wish to see St. Peter's Basilica.

See

Swiss Guard

Swiss Papal Guards

Swiss Guards Corps (Corpo della Guardia Svizzera) Swiss Papal Guards are posted at entrances to the Vatican City to provide security and protect the Pope. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the uniforms worn by Renaissance era soldiers; winter palette of clothing differs from summer palette. In contrast to popular belief, the design of the Papal Guard uniforms was modeled after the colors of the Medici family (4 of whom were popes), not from Michaelangelo. The Pontifical Swiss Guards is also the smallest and oldest standing army in the world founded in 1506 by the warrior pope Julius II (the same pope who kick started the construction of this 'new' basilica and making Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel). The origins of the Swiss guards, however, go much further. The popes, as well as a lot of European rulers, regularly imported Swiss mercenaries since the 1400s. Swiss mercenaries were a major export of Switzerland before they decided in 1515 not to be involved in military conflicts anymore.

St Peter's Basilica

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

The centre of the Catholic world, this magnificent basilica with its Michelangelo designed dome has an awe-inspiring interior. This place is huge, but everything is in such proportion that the scale escapes you. To give you a comparison, you can fit the Statue of Liberty, statue and pedestal (height from ground of pedestal to torch: 93m), underneath the dome (interior height of 120m from floor to top of dome) with room to spare.

To get in, you will first go through a metal detector (after all, this is an important building). Don't be put off if there is a long line in front of the detectors; the whole thing moves quickly. The line is usually shorter in the morning and during mid week.

Baldacchino and Dome, St. Peter's Basilica

Aside from going inside, you can take an elevator up to the roof and then make a long climb up 323 steps to the top of the dome for a spectacular view. It costs €7 for the elevator (€5 to climb the stairs) and allow an hour to go up and down. During the climb and before reaching the very top, you will find yourself standing on the inside of the dome, looking down into the Basilica itself. Be warned that there are a lot of stairs so it is not for the faint at heart (literally or figuratively) nor the claustrophobic as the very last section of the ascent is through a little more than shoulder-width spiral staircase. Instead of leaving out the doors you came in, go down into the crypt to see the tomb of Pope John Paul II, the crypt leaves out the front.

Note: A strict dress code is enforced (as in many other houses of worship), so have shoulders covered, wear trousers or a not-too-short dress, and take your hats off (which is the custom in churches in Europe. You might be required to check bags at the entrance. Photos are allowed to be taken inside, but not with a flash. The lack of light will probably cause your pictures not to turn out very well, so you may want to buy a few postcards to keep as souvenirs.

The basilica is open daily April to September 9AM-7PM and October to March 9AM-6PM; closed Wednesday mornings for papal audiences.

Daily mass at 8:30AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, & 5PM Monday to Saturday, and Sundays & holidays at 8:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:10AM, 1PM, 4PM, & 5:30PM.

Free 90 minute tours leave daily from the Tourist Information at 2:15PM, many days also at 3PM. Telephone: 06-6988-1662. €5 audio-guides can be rented from the checkroom.

Tours are the only way to see the Vatican Gardens, €12, book at least a day in advance by calling 06-6988-4676, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday at 10AM, depart from tour desk and finish in St. Peter's Square. To tour the Necropolis and Saint's Tomb, call the excavations office at least a week in advance at 06-6988-5318, €10 for 2 hour tour, office open Monday to Saturday 9AM-5PM.

If you want to see the pope, you can either see a usual blessing from his apartment at noon on Sunday, just show up (but in the summer he gives it from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, 25 miles from Rome) or you can go to the more formal Wednesday appearance. The pope arrives in the popemobile at 10:30AM to bless crowds from a balcony or platform, except in winter, when he speaks in the Aula Paola VI Auditorium next to the square. You can easily watch from a distance, or get a free ticket, which you must get on the Tuesday before. There are a number of ways:

Interior of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Your hotelier may be able to book one for you
  • You could wait in a long line at St. Peter's on Tuesday where the Swiss Guards hand out tickets at their post to the right of the basilica, after 12:00 on Tuesday
  • You could contact the Santa Susanna Church to get you a ticket, which you pick up there on Tuesday between 5PM & 6:45PM, on Via XX Settembre, Metro stop: Reppublica. Call 06-4201-4554, or go to [1]
  • Finally, to book a free spot in the square or auditorium, call 06-6988-4631

The pope may occasionally be away on a state visit, however.

St. Peter's Piazza

St. Peter's

The Piazza di San Pietro is actually an ellipse. There are two stones (one on each side of the square) between the obelisk and the fountains. If you step on either of these stones, the four columns on the colonnades merge into one. The fountains were made by two different architects, Maderno and Bernini.

The obelisk in the middle of the square was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 A.D. by the Emperor Gaius Caligula to mark the spine of a circus eventually completed by the Emperor Nero. The so-called Circus of Nero was parallel to and to the south of the east-west axis of the current Basilica. It was in this circus that St. Peter was killed in the first official persecutions of Christians undertaken by Nero beginning in 64 A.D. and continuing until his death in 67 A.D. The original location of the obelisk is marked with a plaque located near the sacristy on the south side of the Basilica, where it remained until it was moved in 1586 A.D. by Pope Sixtus V to its present location.

During the Middle Ages, the bronze ball on top of the obelisk was believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar. When it was relocated, the present reliquary, the Chigi Star in honor of Pope Alexander VII, was added containing pieces of the True Cross. This is the only obelisk in Rome that never toppled since it was placed in ancient Rome and is the second largest Egyptian obelisk after the Lateran obelisk. This celebrated obelisk nearly shattered while it was being moved. Upon orders of the pope, no one was to speak a word otherwise he would be excommunicated. However, a sailor shouted to water the ropes to prevent them from burning. He was forgiven and in gratitude for saving the day, the palms for Palm Sunday still come from the sailor's home town of Bordighera. The moving of this obelisk was celebrated in engravings during its time to commemorate the Renaissance's recovery and mastery of ancient knowledge.

The Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum, [2]. Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00 (last tickets at 16:00). Closed on Sundays except last Sunday of the month; when it is free, crowded, and open 9:00AM-2:00PM. The museum is closed for holidays on: January 1 & 6, February 11, March 19, April 4 & 5, May 1 , June 29, August 14 & 15, November 1, and December 8, 25, & 26.. One of the greatest art galleries in the world, the museum is most famous for its spiral staircase, the Raphael Rooms and the exquisitely decorated Sistine Chapel famous for Michelangelo's frescos. It's organized so you follow a one-way route; do see it! Don't put it off, because it closes before the rest of the museum does! Visitors: €15, Concessions: €8.00.

Double Spiral Staircase, exit of Vatican Museum

You can get to the Vatican Museum by Metro Line A direction Battistini station Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticani or Cipro (10 minutes walk). Bus 49 stops in front of the museum entrance, busses 32, 81 and 982 and tram 19 stop on Piazza del Risorgimento (5 minutes walk), busses 492 and 990 stop at Vila Leone IV/Via degli Scipioni (5 minutes walk).

The Museum is usually the most hot & crowded Saturday, Monday, the last Sunday of the month, rainy days, and days before or after a holiday. Dress code: no short shorts or bare shoulders. Telephone: +39 06 69884947. There are often lengthy queues from the entrance that stretch around the block in the early morning. Non-guided visitors should join the queue that is to the left as you are facing the entrance; the queue on the right is intended for guided group visitors. Two hour English tours cost €31 and includes museum admission, and leave at 10:30AM, 12PM, & 2PM in summer, 10:30AM & 11:15AM in winter. To reserve, book online [3]. Other contact details: for groups visiteguidategruppi.musei@scv.va, for individuals: visiteguidatesingoli.musei@scv.va, tel. + 39 06 69883145 or +39 06 69884676, fax + 39 06 69873250.

With a booking you skip the queue and enter through the exit, next to entry, to go to the guided tours desk. There are also audio-guides available from the top of the escalator/ramp for €7. Two people to share a single unit plugging in a standard set of earphones.

Accessing the Sistine Chapel requires walking through many other (spectacular) halls and buildings (including the Raphael's Rooms) and it takes about an hour, but if you are confined to a wheelchair or travelling with a baby pram or stroller you can use the lifts and go straight to the Sistine Chapel. It takes 5-10 minutes unless you stop along the long corridor. Note that although the Museum is quite large, no free map is available - you must bring your own, or purchase a guidebook in the shop for €10 or more.

Also, be aware that it is not allowed to take pictures or talk loudly in the Sistine Chapel (although everybody flagrantly violates these rules). While one may agree with this policy or not, the visit would be a much more pleasant one without the guards having to yell out Shh! or No foto e no video!! every two minutes. The bottom line is: respect the rules and let every visitor enjoy the best of the experience, even if no one else does. If you try to sneak a picture (again, like everyone does), you'll get a bad photograph and a screaming guard as your reward.

Other

  • Castel Sant'Angelo, [4]. 09.00 to 19.00, last entry at 18.30, closed on Mondays. - Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome. The core of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds built on top of the mausoleum were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by medieval Popes. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit the balcony from which Tosca leaps to her death. Film buffs will recognise as a setting from "Angels and Demons". Euros 8,5, with reductions. Roma Pass accepted.
  • Palazzo di Giustizia (Palace of Justice).

Do

The two main entrances to Vatican City for tourists are A) the Vatican Museums, accessible from Viale Vaticano on the North side of the city state and B) St. Peter's Basilica, on the Southeast side of the city and accessible from Via della Conciliazione. St. Peter's Basilica is open usually from 7-7. The Vatican Museums is open to the public from 9 AM - 4 PM Monday - Saturday. Visitors can stay inside until 6 PM. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays except for the last Sunday of each month when it is open from 9-12:30. Visitors can stay inside until 2 PM. Take note that this day is usually extremely busy so it is preferable to visit another day if you are able to afford it.

While guidebooks do their best to provide an aid for viewing the collections inside the Vatican, a guided tour is a far better way to make sure you get the most out of your visit.

Vatican Tours

Guided tours are provided by the Vatican itself for the cost of 32 Euro. Tours can be booked here starting 60 days before the requested tour date here: [5].

Guided tours are also offered by several other companies.

Angel Tours: 1 PM Vatican Tour. Rome like a local with word of mouth famous guides from Ireland, England, and Rome, who will help you skip the line, giving you priority entrance to everything.

Presto Tours [6]: 8 AM Early Bird Vatican Tour. Small group tours for the Intelligent Traveler. Presto Guides embody the ability to present their subjects with an unparalleled finesse. Priority entrance to all sites.

Buy

ATM in Latin language

The Vatican has a unique, noncommercial economy that is supported financially by contributions (known as Peter's Pence) from Roman Catholics throughout the world. It also sells postage stamps, tourist mementos, and publications. Fees for admission to museums also go into church coffers.

Rome/Vatican has the euro (€) as its sole currency along with 24 other countries that use this common European money. These 24 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain (official euro members which are all European Union member states) as well as Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and the Vatican which use it without having a say in eurozone affairs and without being European Union members. Together, these countries have a population of 327 million.

One euro is divided into 100 cents. While each official euro member (as well as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican) issues its own coins with a unique obverse, the reverse, as well as all bank notes, look the same throughout the eurozone. Every coin is legal tender in any of the eurozone countries.


The Vatican euro is the rarest in circulation among the European countries, so don't spend it! It is worth a lot more than its face value.

The Vatican is the only country in the world where ATM instructions are available in Latin.

Eat

The Vatican Museums have a reasonable cafeteria style restaurant, a bar, and a pizzeria, all of which are open during museum opening hours, and until about one hour after closing. See also Rome.

Numerous other eateries are just outside the walls of Vatican City.

  • Hoi Restaurant Rome – Via Tunisi 1/B - (at the corner with Via Sebastiano Veniero, 62) 00100 Rome, Italy [7]. Telephone + 39 06 90270954 • Cell +39 06 68309439. A high quality restaurant precisely located in front of the Vatican Museum. Fresh fish, sushi, crustacean food and much more.
  • Old Bridge. Located across the street from the Vatican City wall if you're following it from San Pietro to the Vatican Museum. Very cheap

Prati

  • Siciliainbocca, Via E. Faa di Bruno 26 (Metro line A, Cipro.), 06 373 584 00, [8]. nice Sicilian restaurant in the quiet (and somewhat boring) part of northern Prati. Try the swordfish and the lemon sorbet! reasonable. Fish plate around €15, but do order some antipasti and pasta.
  • Insalata Ricca, Via Fulcieri Paulucci De' Calboli (Near piazza Manzoni), [9]. Part of a Rome-based chain, offers good salads and other food to both tourists and locals. Cheap.

Drink

Coffee in the morning (un caffè, per favore!, grazie!), mineral water for lunch (gassata/non-gassata? or frizzante/fizzante), and try to find rosé wine in the evening: it goes very well with all Italian traditional dishes, and keeps one and one's company fresh and summery. Care and solid experience is advised when arriving from colder climates, to absorb the many new, ever so pleasant, enviroments and tastes, and the delicates of balancing wine and water, with creamy sauces and vinegars.

Sleep

Unless you count the Pope as a good friend (and he concurs), there are no lodging opportunities in the Vatican City itself. However, there are many hotels in the surrounding Vaticano neighborhood of Rome.

Budget

  • Rome Best BB, Via Sivori 14 (few meteres from Vatican Museums), +39 3894330366 (), [10]. The entire bed & breakfast is inspired by the world of video games and in particular the 8-bit world. From €25.
  • B&B Eldorado Rome – Via Fabio Massimo, 72 [11]. Telephone +39 329 0707988. Bed and Breakfast with 5 double bedrooms. Three with private bath, two with a shared one. Breakfast included. Rates change according to the season. Double: €50/100.
  • Casa Frida, Via Emo, 97, +39 339 2768290 (), [12]. Holiday House next to the Vatican and the Metro Line A. From €70 per room.
  • Excel St Peter Hotel [13], Via Catone, 34. Telephone +39 06 39735082, fax +39 06 39754358. With single, twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with private bath, shower, internet access, TV and telephone. Singles €32, double €39.
  • LtRooms, Via Moricca, 5 (a few steps from the Metro Line A), +39 338 4280189 (), [14]. From € 50 per room.
  • Hotel Colors, Via Boezio, 31, + 39 06 6874030 (fax: + 39 06 6867947), [15]. Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City and the Saint Peter Basilica, able to host any kind of clientele, either family and young travelers.
  • Il Castelletto Hotel, Via (Nearest metro station is Cornelia on Line A), [16]. In a villa of the early 9th century, on the famous Aurelia antica, recently rebuilt. A small hotel, not so far from the centre and famous tourist attractions. It has a pleasant atmosphere and each room has a TV, air conditioning, telephone with direct line and internet facilities. Parking is available for guests in the garden of the hotel and there are other parking options nearby. From €20.
  • Maison Vaticana Rome [17], Via Ottaviano, 42. Telephone +39 06 39728070 • Fax +39 06 233249447. Comfortable bed and breakfast with single, double, triple and quadruple guestrooms with private bathroom, wi-fi connection, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities. Double bedrooms €85.
  • Vatican Station B&B Rome, Via Vito Artale, 6 (close to Cipro's Metro Station), + 39 06 45664168 (), [18]. checkin: 12 flexible; checkout: 10 flexible. Fast Internet Wi-fi and Breakfast included. In addition to its proximity to the Metro A (300 mt) the B&B Vatican Station is also very close to the bus stop (50 mt) where it is possible to take several bus lines (907, 913, 990, 991, 999). All the rooms of the Bed and Breakfast are air conditioned, paved in marble, have a comfortable bed queen-size with latex mattress and a separate private bathroom equipped with: big shower, hairdryer, towels and soap set. from €50 per room.

Mid range

  • St.Peter'Six Temporary Room, via della Conciliazione 15 (100 metres from St.Peter' Square), (+39)0668809883 (), [19]. comfortable and friendly guest house €80/190.
  • Amor Bed & Breakfast, Viale Giulio Cesare, 183, (+39) 335 5689388 (), [20]. checkin: noon; checkout: 11AM. A stylish bed & breakfast near the Vatican City. From €80.
  • Atlante Star Hotel, Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 34, (+39) 06 6873233, [21]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Four star hotel with rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking Saint Peters. From €120.
  • Filomena e Francesca B&B (F&F), Via della Giuliana, 72, (+39) 06 37513625 (), [22]. Bed and Breakfast. Three rooms with private bathrooms and an air-conditioning system. Prices from €40 x person x night. (41.9146552,12.4538794)
  • B&B Flaminia House, Via Flaminia Vecchia, 484, (+39) 06 99344539 (+39) 392 9459587 (), [23]. checkin: 16:00; checkout: 13:00. A family run B&B with all the amenities of a modern hotel. Next to Ponte Milvio and the Vatican City. From €40 per person.
  • B&B Gli Artisti, Via degli Scipioni 53, (+39) 3382078356, [24]. Three colourful rooms are rented out in this B&B, a little less than a kilometre from the main entrance to the Vatican From €64.
  • B&B Sistine, Via Duilio 6, +393358714840, [25]. New B&B, rooms comes with sat tv, dvd player and free wifi From €120 pp.
  • Best Vatican, Via degli Scipioni 135, +393358714840, [26]. New, modern B&B. Private bathrooms, LCD TVs with DVD players. From €120 pp.
  • Franklin Feel The Sound Hotel, Via Rodi, 29, +39 06.39030165 (, fax: +39 06.39751652), [27]. Hotel with a unique music theme. The decor is very modern and stylish. Staff was helpful friendly and polite, continental breakfast is varied and plentiful. The rooms are clean, funky and very comfortable. €119-189.
  • Grand Hotel Gianicolo Rome – Viale delle Mura Gianicolense 107 [28]. Telephone +39 06 58333405 • Fax +39 06 58179434. Four star accommodation with twin, double with jacuzzi, triple and dus (double for single use). All with private bath and shower. Swimming pool, a private garden and a fantastic panoramic view of Rome. Single €140, double €170.
  • Hotel Alimandi Tunisi, Via Tunisi 8, +39 06 39723941, [29]. Nice three star hotel, 35 bedrooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, large common area, complimentary breakfast, and terrace with panoramic view of the Roman roofs. From €140.
  • Hotel Joli Rome – Via Cola di Rienzo 243. [30]. Telephone +39 06 324 1854 • Fax +39 06 36006637. Two star accommodation located around the Vatican area with 17 bedrooms dived in single, double, triple and family. Most of the rooms have private bath. Breakfast included. Singles €99, doubles €109.
  • Leone B&B, Via Leone IV, 109, +39 338 6112656 (, fax: +00 39 6 3203663), [31]. Located one block from the entrance to Vatican City, this independent bed and breakfast is clean and cozy. Less than two blocks from the metro station. Free breakfast. €70/90.
  • Mocenigo Vatican Suites, Via Mocenigo, 16, +39 3383823606 (), [32]. checkin: 2 p.m.; checkout: 10 a.m.. Opened in February 2009, this seven room guest house is only 100 metres from the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. From €75.
  • Papa Vista Relais, Via Tunisi 3, +39 06 65420553, [33]. Recently opened guesthouse fairly close to the Vatican's main entrance, near the Metro station Cipro. From €80.
  • Prati BB, Via degli Scipioni, 135, ph.+39 06 3211329 (), [34]. A small Bed and Breakfast offering two rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. Price from 45€ x person x night.
  • Ralph and Malph B&B, via Attilio Regolo 12d, +39 06 97619435 (). Set in a modern apartment and just 5 minutes walk away from the Vatican City. Single, Double, Triple rooms available. Three bathrooms and kitchen. Free WiFi. Minutes away from Lepanto Metro station. From €45. (41.90906,12.46483)
  • Residenza dei Gracchi Rome – Via dei Gracchi, 84. [35]. Telephone +39 06 320 8226. Cosy guest house with single, double and family rooms. All with Wi-Fi, flat TV, private bath, shower, air conditioning and cleaning services. Rates for a double room from €80 to 180.
  • Silla Hotel Rome – Via Silla 3. [36]. Telephone +39 06 3721922 • Fax +39 06 3721922. Two star hotel with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with en-suite private bath, shower, telephone and TV. Air conditioning and breakfast are available for a little supplement. The prices change according to the season. Single room from €70 to 110. Double from €85 to 150. Triple from €120 to 175. Quadruple from €140 to 200.
  • Rome Armony Suites B&B B&B, via Orazio 3, +39 06 97841129 (, fax: +39 06 97841129), [37]. Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, all with private bathroom and super-equipped with every comfort. From €80. (41.90846,,12.46590)
  • RomeRentalPoint, Via Vespasiano 24, +39 3401479011 (), [38]. A selected choice of apartments in city centre. From €150. (41.907072,,12.456699)

Splurge

  • Best Western Spring House, Via Mocenigo 7, 06 39720948 (, fax: 06 39721047), [39]. A small 3 star hotel. The rooms, a bit small, are comfortable and quiet. Great breakfast, wonderful service (maids and reception). The hotel staff speaks pretty good English. €120 - 240.

Staying Safe

While you never hear of violence toward LGBT visitors, you will get verbally harassed, angry stares, discriminated against, and looked down upon by the Church, since they believe homosexuality is a sin. So just use caution who you "come out" to, they may give you a sermon on repenting (not as severe as the one the Westboro Baptist Church would, but it's sill not pleasant).

Contact

Mail a letter - Since Vatican City is a separate country, it also has its own postal system, which is generally considered to be a bit more reliable than that of Italy. Send a postcard to your friends and it will be postmarked from Vatican City.

Respect

Since Vatican City is a Papal state, such respect and reverence to the Roman Catholic Church and its practices and doctrine is encouraged. Those who aren't Catholic and are openly declaring it or blatantly attacking the Church's views and beliefs may be discriminated against, treated as less than an equal, or at less looked down on so try to keep your beliefs to yourself and DON'T GET IN A DEBATE OVER BELIEFS. More than 99% are Catholic, you will be outnumbered and possibly pressured into converting.

Sleeveless shirts and short pants or skirts are not permitted within the border of the Vatican.

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