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Perhaps the '''Vatican''' needs no introduction. As the centre of the Catholic Church, the '''Vatican City''' state - along with the surrounding Italian districts of '''Borgo''', '''Prati''' and the area around the '''Monte Mario''' - is filled with more history and artwork than most cities in the world.
 
==Understand==
'''Vatican City''' ([[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]: ''Stato della Città del Vaticano'') is an independent country, the temporal seat of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Church; entirely surrounded by the city of Rome, in [[Italy]], the Vatican is also the world's smallest state. Outside Vatican City itself, thirteen buildings in Rome and one at Castel Gandolfo (the Pope's summer residence) also enjoy extraterritorial rights. On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pontiff and thus ruler of the Vatican, taking the name ''Francis''.
 
'''Borgo''' is the fourteenth ''rione'' (ward) of Rome and is also the closest neighbourhood to the Vatican. Despite its historical, cultural and artistical importance, parts of it were razed in the 1930s in order to build the grandiose - and, arguably, ugly - ''via della Conciliazione''. What remains today of the district is located in the area between the Tiber river, via di Porta Cavalleggeri, Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo and piazza del Risorgimento. The ward itself can be divided as follows:
 
* ''Borgo S. Spirito'' is the area between via di Porta Cavalleggeri, the Tiber river and via della Conciliazione;
 
* ''Borgo Pio'' lies between said boulevard and the Leonine Walls;
 
* ''Borgo Vittorio'' is located on the other side of the walls, while the adjacent ''Borgo Angelico'' borders with piazza del Risorgimento (in the Prati district);
 
* ''Borgo Sant'Angelo'' lies between Castel Sant'Angelo to the West and via della Conciliazione to the South.
 
The main streets in the ward are also called ''borghi'' (and not ''vie'' as in the rest of the city); generally speaking, the further you get from St. Peter's, the less touristy the neighbourhood becomes. Of course, always keep in mind that often it's not possible to escape completely the touristy hustle-and-bustle of the city centre.
Perhaps the '''VaticanPrati''' is the twenty-second, and last, ''rione'' needs no introductionof the city. The center of CatholicismAn elegant district laid out in the late 19th century, it was designed to house (along with the Esquilino neighbourhood and encompassing the Vatican City state, as well as area around piazza della Repubblica) the civil servants of the surrounding Roman neighborhoods newly-established Kingdom of Italy. Unlike the VaticanoEsquilino - which housed the less wealthy among the State employees - the district was home to the city's rising burgeoisie, and it showed in 1912 when Prati, and Monte Mario, this small slice of was the first neighbourhood in city is packed to be provided with more history electricity. Its most important squares are the recently renovated piazza Cavour and artwork than piazza del Risorgimento (near the Vatican Museums) while the main boulevard is via Cola di Rienzo, also one of Rome's most cities in the worldfamous shopping streets.
==Understand==The neighbourhood was built during a time of tensions between the Pope and the Italian state and therefore, city planners designed its street layout in such a way to make impossible for anyone to see St. Peter's dome from its wide and carefully planned streets. The district hosts, among the other things, a Waldensian church (on piazza Cavour).
With its 139 metres, '''Vatican CityMonte Mario''' (is the highest rise in Rome; however, it''Citta del Vaticano'')s not part of the historical seven hills. From its summit, also incorrectly locally known as but popularly synonymous with the '''Holy See'Zodiaco'' (''Santa Sede''meaning "zodiac"), is the latest and only current Papal state in existence and the temporal seat you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Churchcity. Situated ''within'' Between the city of [[Rome]] in [[Italy]], the [[Vatican]] is the worldhill's smallest state. Outside the foot and Vatican City itself, 13 buildings in Rome there are two districts - '''Trionfale''' and Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, ''Della Vittoria'''; both are relatively recent (early 1900s/1960s) and provide cheaper housing alternatives than Prati.The Trionfale neighbourhood is also enjoy extraterritorial rights. On April 19, 2005home to a food market, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVIlocated on via Andrea Doria.
===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 Popes were the ''de facto '' rulers of Rome and the surrounding province since the fall of the Roman Empire and the subsequent retreat of Byzantine power in Italy. ; the Popes , in their secular role , ruled portions parts of the central portion of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century1860, when many most of the Papal States were seized by the newly united -formed Kingdom of Italy. In On September 20, 1870, the pope's holdings were further circumscribed Papal States ceased to exist when Rome itself was annexed.  Disputes between a series of "prisoner" Popes and the Kingdom of Italy were resolved in 1929 by three Lateran Treaties which established the independent state of Vatican City, established its territorial extent and, among other things, granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy.  In 1984, a concordat between the Holy See and the Italian Republic modified some of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion.
Disputes between a series of "prisoner" popes and Italy were resolved in 1929 The Pope is elected for life by three Lateran Treaties, which established the independent state College of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in ItalyCardinals. On 11 February 1929When the election was last held (March 13, three treaties were signed with Italy which2013 - Pope Francis I), among other things, recognized the full sovereignty of the Vatican and established its territorial extentit attracted large crowds.
In 1984, a concordat between Present concerns of the Holy See include interreligious dialogue and Italy modified certain of the earlier treaty provisionsreconciliation, including and the primacy application of Church doctrine in an era of Roman Catholicism as rapid change and globalization. About a billion people worldwide profess the Italian state religionCatholic faith.
The pope is elected for life by the College of Cardinals. When the election was last held (Tuesday, April 19, 2005. Benedict XVI), it attracted large crowds. Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor Pope John Paul II's Inauguration Day (he was never crowned) of 22 October 1978 was also a major event. ===Holy See===
Present concerns of It is widely believed that the Vatican City and the Holy See include interreligious dialogue are one and reconciliationthe same, whereas in reality they are not. The Holy See dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of more than a billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the application globe. Ordinances of church doctrine Vatican City are published in an era Italian; official documents of rapid change and globalizationthe Holy See are issued mainly in Latin. About 1 billion people worldwide profess The two entities have distinct passports: the Catholic faithHoly See, not being a country, issues only diplomatic and service passports whereas Vatican City State issues normal passports.
===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 ; however, the buildings are far more historic and architecturally interesting. Note that, when talking about the country's terrain, most of it is part of the Vatican Gardens.
===Population===
Although 1000 roughly 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 football soccer team composed of the Swiss Guard who hold dual citizenship.
==Get in==
[[Image:vtVatican-map.png|thumb|right|250px600px|Map of Vatican Cityand its surroundings.]] Although not a member of either the [[EU|European Union]] or the [[EEA|European Economic Area]], the Vatican maintains an open border with Italy and is treated as part of the [[Travel in the Schengen Zone|Schengen Area]].  It's easy to get to the Vatican by taxi, bus, Metro (the adjacent Prati district is served by line '''A'''), tram or by foot from Rome (the closest neighbourhood on the other side of the Tiber being [[Rome/Old Rome|the area around piazza Navona]]). A beautiful experience can be get to St. Peter's by walking from piazza Venezia, along via del Plebiscito, corso Vittorio Emanuele II and then via della Conciliazione (or, if you want, from Termini walking along via Nazionale) in one of the closest approximation to the Washingtonian "National Mall" or the Parisian "Voie Imperiale" that Rome has to offer you (the other is via dei Fori Imperiali). Take Metro line A to the "Ottaviano - S. Pietro - Musei Vaticani" for the Museums and St. Peter's or tram #19 to ''piazza del Risorgimento''.
It's easy to get to From central Rome, the Vatican by taxi, #64 bus or by foot from Rome&mdash;goes right to the closest neighborhood on the other side southern end of the Tiber being [[Rome/Old Rome|Navona]]Vatican... Take the Metro line A to ''Cipro'' for the Museumshowever, or ''Ottaviano'' for St. Peterit's, or the tram to ''Piazza del Risorgimento''.a favourite among pickpockets so guard your valuables!
From Central Rome, the #64 bus goes right Visitors and tourists are not permitted to the southern end of drive inside the Vaticanwithout specific permission, but it which is filled normally granted only to those who have business with pickpockets, guard your valuables! :) !some office in the Vatican.
==Get around==
With a little more than 100 only 109 acres (less than half a square kilometer44 hectares) within its walls, the Vatican is easily traveled travelled by foot; however, most of this area is inaccessible to tourists. The most popular areas open to tourists are the Basilica of St. Peter 's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
If you're heading up Monte Mario, wear comfortable shoes&mdash;- it's quite a climb!
==Talk==
Latin enthusiasts rejoice! The Holy See holds Latin 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 only using the "dead" language. [[Italian phrasebook|Italian]], however, is the official language of Vatican City and remains the more useful of the two.
Latin enthusiasts rejoice! There is one country in the world that holds Latin (in addition to [[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]) as its official language, and 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&mdash;this is the Vatican, a city for the world's Catholics and all who wish to see St. Peter's Basilica.
==See==
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===St. Peter's Basilica===
===Swiss Guard===[[Image:Swiss Papal GuardsBasilica_Dome.JPG|thumb|250px|right|Swiss Papal Guards]]''Dome of St. Peter'Swiss Guards Corps''' (''Corpo della Guardia Svizzera'') Swiss Papal Guards are posted at entrances to the s basilica in Vatican City to provide security and protect the Pope. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the clothing of court jesters; winter palette of clothing differs from summer palette. Actually, the design is attributed to Michelangelo or Raphael. 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 1400's. Swiss mercenaries were a major export of Switzerland before they started making watches.]]
===St Peter's Basilica===The centre of the Catholic world, this magnificent basilica with its dome (designed by Michelangelo) 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 [[Manhattan/Lower Manhattan|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.
[[Image:Basilica_DomeTo get in, you will first go through a metal detector (after all, this is an important building).JPG|thumb|200px|Don''Dome t be put off if there is a long line in front of Stthe detectors; the whole thing moves quickly. Peter's Basilica The line is usually shorter in Vatican City'']]the morning and during mid week.
The centre of [[Image:St. Peter's.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Baldacchino and 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 youSt. To give you a comparisonPeter's basilica]]Aside from going inside, you can fit take an elevator up to the roof and then make a long climb up 323 steps to the [[Manhattan/Lower Manhattan|Statue '''top of Liberty]], statue and pedestal the dome''' for a spectacular view. It costs €8 for the elevator (height from ground of pedestal €6 to torch: 93mclimb the stairs)and allow an hour to go up and down. During the climb and before reaching the very top, underneath 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 (interior height 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 120m from floor leaving out the doors you came in, go down into the crypt to top see the tomb of dome) with room to sparePope John Paul II, the crypt leaves out the front.
To get Note: a strict dress code is enforced (as inmany other places of worship), so have your shoulders covered, you will first go through wear trousers or a metal detector (after allnot-too-short dress,this is an important building). Don't be put and men must take your hats off if there (which is a long line the custom in front of the detectors; the whole thing moves quickly. The line is usually shorter churches in the morning and during mid weekEurope.[[Image:St. Peter's.JPG|thumb|right|Baldacchino and Dome, St. Peter's Basilica]]Aside from going inside, you can take an elevator up You might be required to check bags at the roof and then make a long climb up 323 steps to the '''top of the dome''' for a spectacular viewentrance. It costs €7 for the elevator (€5 Photos are allowed 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 be taken inside of the dome, looking down into the Basilica itself. Be warned that there are a lot of stairs so it is but not for the faint at heart (literally or figuratively) nor the claustrophobic as the very last section of the ascent is through with a little more than shoulder-width spiral staircaseflash. Instead The lack of leaving light will probably cause your pictures not to turn out the doors very well, so you came in, go down into the crypt may want to buy a few postcards to see the tomb of Pope John Paul II, the crypt leaves out the frontkeep as souvenirs.
Note: A strict dress code The basilica is enforced (as in many other houses of worship), so have shoulders covered, wear trousers or a notopen Apr-tooSep 07:00-short dress, 19:00 daily and take your hats off (which is the custom in churches in Europe, women must wear scarves or some thing to cover their heads. 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 souvenirsOct-Mar 07:00-18:00; closed W mornings for papal audiences.
The basilica is open daily April to September 9AMDaily masses M-7PM and October to March 9AM-6PM; closed Wednesday mornings for papal audiences. Daily mass at 8Sa 08:30AM30, 10AM10:00, 11AM11:00, 12PM12:00, & 5PM Monday to Saturdayand 17:00, and Sundays & Su and holidays at 808:30AM30, 10:30AM30, 11:30AM30, 12:10AM10, 1PM13:00, 4PM16:00, & 5and 17:30PM30.
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, TuesdayTu, ThursdayTh, & Saturday Sa at 10AM10:00, depart from tour desk and finish in St. Peter's Squaresquare. To tour the '''Necropolis''' and the '''Saint's Tomb''', call the excavations office at least a week in advance at 06-6988-5318, €10 or email at [email protected] - €13 for 2 -hour tour, office open Monday to Saturday 9AMM-Sa 09:00-5PM17:00.
If you want to '''see the popePope''', you can either see a usual blessing from his apartment at '''noon on Sunday''', just show up (but however, in the summer he gives it from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, 40 km/25 miles mi from Rome) or you can go to the more formal '''Wednesday''' appearance. The pope arrives in the popemobile at 10:30AM 30 to bless crowds from a balcony or platform, except in winter, when he speaks in the ''Aula Paola Paolo VI Auditorium '' 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:[[Image:Saint_Peters_Basilica_Vatican_City.jpg|thumb|Interior of St. Peter's Basilicabasilica]]
*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 can contact the Santa S. Susanna Church parish in order to get you a ticket, which you can pick up there on Tuesday between 5PM 17:00 & 618:45PM45, on Via via XX Settembre(Metro line A, Metro stop: Reppublica"Repubblica"). Call 06-4201-4554, or go to [http://www.santasusanna.org]*Finally, if you want to book a free spot in the square or in the auditorium, call 06-6988-4631 Note that the Pope may occasionally be away on a state visit, however. ===St. Peter's square===[[Image:RomePeters.jpg|thumb|250px|right|St. Peter's]]St. Peter's square 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 designed by two different architects, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The pope may occasionally be away '''obelisk''' in the middle of the square was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 C.E. by the Emperor Caligula to mark the spine of a circus eventually completed by 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 crucified in the first official persecutions of Christians undertaken by Nero beginning in 64 C.E. and continuing until his death in 67 C.E. The original location of the obelisk is marked with a plaque located near the sacristy on a state visitthe south side of the basilica, howeverwhere it remained until it was moved in 1586 C.E. by Pope Sixtus V to its present location.
===St. PeterDuring the Middle Ages, the '''bronze ball on top of the obelisk''s Piazza===[[Image:RomePeters.jpg|thumb|250px|St. Peter's]]The Piazza di San Pietro is actually an ellipsewas believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar. There are two stones (one on each side When it was relocated to the present reliquary, the Chigi Star in honour of Pope Alexander VII was added, containing pieces of the square) between 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 fountainsLateran obelisk. If you step on either This celebrated obelisk nearly shattered while it was being moved. Upon orders of these stonesthe 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 four columns on palms for Palm Sunday still come from the colonnades merge into onesailor's home town of Bordighera. The fountains were made by two different architects, Maderno moving of this obelisk was celebrated in engravings during its time to commemorate the Renaissance's recovery and Berninimastery of ancient knowledge.
===The '''obelisk''' in the middle of the square was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 AVatican Museums===<see name="The Vatican Museums" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.Dhtml" hours="M-Sa 09:00-18:00 (last tickets at 16:00). by the Emperor Gaius Caligula to mark the spine Closed Su except last Su of a circus eventually completed by the Emperor Neromo; when it is free, crowded, and open 09:00-14:00. The so-called Circus museum is closed for holidays on: 1 1 &amp; 6 Jan, 11 Feb, 19 Mar, 4 &amp; 5 Apr, 1 May , 29 Jun, 14 &amp; 15 Aug, 1 Nov, and 8, 25 &amp; 26 Dec" price="€17, Concessions €8" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of Nero was parallel to and to the south of greatest art galleries in the world, the museum is most famous for its spiral staircase, the east-west axis of Raphael Rooms and the current Basilicaexquisitely decorated Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's frescoes. It was 's organised in this circus such a way 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 visitor has to follow a plaque located near one-way route; do see it! Don't put it off, because it closes before the sacristy on the south side rest of the Basilica, where it remained until it was moved in 1586 A.D. by Pope Sixtus V to its present location. museum does!</see>
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[[Image:Vatican Museum. He was forgiven and in gratitude for saving the dayJPG|thumb|right|250px|Double Spiral Staircase, the palms for Palm Sunday still come from the sailor's home town exit 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.Vatican Museum]]
===The You can get to the Vatican Museum===[[ImageMuseums by taking Metro line '''A''' (direction:Vatican Museum.JPG|thumb|right|Double Spiral Staircase, exit of Vatican Museum]][http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html] One of the greatest art galleries in the world, the museum is most famous for its spiral staircase, the Raphael Rooms "Battistini") and getting off at the exquisitely decorated Sistine Chapel famous for Michelangelo's frescos"Ottaviano - S. It's organized so you follow a onePietro -way routeMusei Vaticani" or "Cipro" stops (10 minutes walk). Price: €15 for visitors, €8.00 for concessions. Open Monday to Saturday 9:00AM-6:00PM, closed Sunday except last Sunday Bus #49 stops in front of the monthmuseum entrance, when its free, crowdedbuses #32, #81 and open 9:00AM-2:00PM. Last entry 120 (90 mins on open Sundays) minutes before closing time, Sistine Chapel closes before rest of museum does. The museum is closed for holidays on: January 1 & 6#982, February 11, March along with tram line #19, April 4 & stop on piazza del Risorgimento (5, May 1 , June 29, August 14 & 15, November 1, minutes walk); buses #492 and #990 stop at via Leone IV and December 8via degli Scipioni, 25, & 26respectively (5 minutes walk).
The Museum is Museums are, usually the , most hot & crowded Saturdayon Sat, MondayM, the last Sunday Sun of the monthit's Free, rainy days, and the 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. Always check if there is actually a queue before getting a guide on the street to skip it, many guides will tell you that there is a huge queue ahead even when there is none or a short one. Two hour English tours cost €31 €33 and includes museum admission, and leave at 10:30AM30, 12PM12:00, & 2PM 14:00 in summer, 10:30AM & 30 and 11:15AM 15 in winter. To reserve, book online [http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do]. Other contact details: for groups [email protected], for individuals: [email protected], 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.
You can book on-line for admission only (no tour) for an extra €4pp and still skip the queue. 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 (only a simple leaflet with the order of the rooms) - 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 to 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. You may even be kicked out and forced to delete the pictures if you are taking them too boldly. ===Other===
Also* <see name="Castel Sant'Angelo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.castelsantangelo.com/info.asp" hours="09:00-19.00, last entry at 18:30, closed Ms" price="€8.5, with reductions. Roma Pass accepted" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome. The core of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, be aware that it is not allowed to take pictures or talk loudly built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds were built on top of the mausoleum during the Middle Ages and were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by the Sistine ChapelPopes. While one may agree with this policy or notThe building was used as a prison until 1870, the but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit would be a much more pleasant one without the guards having balcony from which Tosca leaps to yell out her death; film buffs will recognise as a setting from ''Shh!Angels and Demons'' or .</see> * <see name="Palazzo di Giustizia" alt="Palace of Justice" address="piazza Cavour" directions="buses #87 and #130; Metro line A, "Lepanto" stop" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Designed by architect Guglielmo Calderini and built from 1889 to 1911 in order to house the ''No foto e no video!!Corte di Cassazione'' every two minutes(the Italian equivalent of the Supreme Court), this imposing neo-Renaissance palace underwent extensive restoration in 1970, when its foundations nearly sunk into the alluvial terrain. Another partial restoration followed in 1984. The bottom line is: respect adjoining piazza Cavour was laid out by architect Nicodemo Severi in 1885, and a sculpture by Stefano Galletti celebrating Count Camillo Benso di Cavour (the ''éminence grise'' behind the rules and let every visitor enjoy Italian Unification) lies at the best centre of the experiencegardens. The square itself has been refurbished following the construction of an underground parking lot in 2012. If you try to sneak a picture (like most people do), you'll get a bad photograph and a screaming guard as your reward</see>.
==Do==
The two main entrances to Vatican City for tourists are A) the Vatican Museums, accessible from Viale viale Vaticano on the North northern side of the city state and B) St. Peter's Basilicabasilica, on the Southeast southeastern side of the city and accessible from Via via della Conciliazione. While StThe basilica is open usually from 07:00-19:00. Peter's Basilica The Vatican Museums is open all day long, to the public M-Sa 09:00-16:00. Visitors can stay inside until 18:00. The Vatican Museum entrance does close at 3Museums are closed on Su except for the last Su of each month when it is open from 09:30PM on weekdays and 00-12:20PM on Saturdays, 30. Visitors can stay inside until 14:00. Take note that this day is usually extremely busy so it is a good idea preferable to first visit the museums and then the churchanother 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.
Beware of a "sweet & kind" Australian woman advertising tours right at the top of If you are into photography, the Vatican metro exitSt. Her companyPeter's tour square is over priced (at 45 euro)perhaps very a irritating location because of always being full of people, the guide speaks incomprehensible Englishbarricades, security and speakers and lights hanging from places. Even on weekdays when it is raining, the audio equipment area is just very low qualitycrowded. They do Do not offer refundshave high hopes of getting a nice natural picture in the Vatican.
===Vatican Tours===
Guided tours are provided by the Vatican itself for the cost of 30.00 Euro€32. These may Tours can be requested in advance by fax from one month to one week booked, 60 days before the requested tour date, or online from two months before the requested tour datehere: [http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do?action=booking&codiceTipoVisita=10&step=2]. Guided tours are also offered by several other companies. The  List of Companies offering Vatican Tours: EcoArt Travel - Small group Vatican is notorious for failing to reply via faxtours offered in the Morning, afternoon and repeat requests are often necessaryduring night openings in summer. Full details on booking such Morning tours are available at include breakfast inside the Vatican Museums. View their direct website here: [httphttps://mvwww.ecoarttravel.com/vatican-tours/] * <listing name=" STPETERSBASILICAWHEELCHAIR - Wheelchairs for rent in Rome " alt="" directions="Rome" lat="" long="" address="Via Sebastiano Veniero, 21" phone="+39 3348898387" tollfree="" email="[email protected].vacom" fax="" url=“https:/3_EN/pagesstpetersbasilicawheelchair.com/z" hours="Mon-Sat: 08:00 - 17:30, Sun: 10:00 -Info16:00" price=“€15">'''Wheelchair Friendly Vatican tours''' for people with reduced mobility or disability, as well rental of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and more aids equipments.</MV_Info_Servizi_Visite.html]listing>
==Buy==
[[Image:ATM-In-Latin.jpg|thumb|right|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.
The {{Euro is the official currency of the Vatican City. 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 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 also 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. Furthermore, the Vatican Apostolic Library and Vatican Secret Archives, which are only open to admitted researchers and Vatican staff, share a courtyard that has access to an Italian-style bar with cafe fare and a limited selection of alcoholic beverages. See also [[Rome]].
Seasoned travelers will know how to tip, and how to ask for Numerous other eateries are just outside the price at the counter, instead walls of buying at the over-rated 'sit-down' full-price. Better to tip and be welcome again the next day, than ridiculing everyone by paying triple or at least doubleVatican City.
* <eat name="Old Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Located across '''Hoi Restaurant Rome''', via Tunisi 1/B (''at the street from the Vatican City wall if youcorner with via Sebastiano Veniero''re following it from San Pietro to ) [http://www.hoiroma.com/]. Telephone + 39 06 90270954 • Cell. +39 06 68309439. A high quality restaurant located in front of the Vatican MuseumMuseums. Very cheap Fresh fish, sushi, crustacean food and deliciousmuch more.</eat>
* <eat name="Old Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located across the street from the Leonine walls, near the Vatican Museums. Very cheap</eat>
 
* <eat name="Pastasciutta" alt="" address="Via Delle Grazie, 5" directions="100m from St. Peter's Basilica square" phone="3336503758" url="http://www.pastasciuttaroma.it/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">6 types of fresh pasta (pasta fresca). Cheap, 4.5-6 eur.</eat>
 
*<eat name="The Loft" alt="" address="Via Leone IV 34" directions="Metro A Ottaviano stop, 2 blocks up Via Cesare, on corner" phone="3470045169" url="" hours="morning -night" reaasonable priced" lat="" long="">excellent authentic cuisine, owners & staff make one feel at home</eat>
===Prati===
* <eat name="Siciliainbocca" alt="" address="Via E. Faa via Emilio Faà di Bruno , 26" directions="Metro line A, stop: "Cipro." " phone="06 373 584 00" url="http://www.siciliainboccaweb.com/" hours="" price="reasonable. Fish plate around €15, but do order some antipasti and pasta" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> nice Sicilian restaurant in the quiet (and somewhat boring) part of northern Prati. Try the swordfish and the lemon sorbet!</eat>* <eat name="Insalata Ricca" alt="" address="Via via Fulcieri Paulucci Dede' Calboli" directions="Near near piazza ManzoniMazzini" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.linsalataricca.it/" hours="" price="Cheap">Part of a Rome-based chain, offers good salads and other food to both tourists and locals.</eat>*'''Gelarmony''', via Marcantonio Colonna, 34 ''(Metro line A, "Lepanto" stop)''. One of the best ''gelaterie'' in city, a favourite among locals. *'''Castroni''', via Cola di Rienzo, 196/198. A shop with a ''huge'' selection of foods from all over Europe. It's pricey, but it's worth it.*'''Franchi''', via Cola di Rienzo, 200. Another shop with an impressive assortment of cheeses and cold cuts; dishes for a quick bite are also available.
==Drink==
Coffee in the morning (''un caffè, per favore!'', ''grazie!'')in the morning, mineral water for lunch (- either ''gassata''/''non-gassata?frizzante'' (sparkling) or ''frizzante''/''fizzanteliscia''(plain mineral water), - 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 environments 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 neighbourhoods of [[Rome]].
=== Budget ===
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* <sleep name="Colors HostelAngel Hotel" alt="" address="Via Boezio 31via Marianna Dionigi, 16" directions="" phone="+39 06 6874030" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.colorshotelangelhotelroma.comit/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €15 (low season) €80 in April" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Two-star Hotel near Castel Sant'Angelo with brightly painted rooms, a few blocks north of the Vatican, guests can make use of kitchen facilities on each flooreasy access to public transport. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Casa FridaArmony Suites B&amp;B" alt="" address="Via Emovia Orazio, 973" directions="" phone="+39 339 27682906 97841129" url="http://www.casafridaromearmonysuites.itcom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €70 per room€80" lat="41.90846," long="12.46590" email="[email protected]casafridaromearmonysuites.itcom" fax="+39 6 97841129">Holiday House next to the Vatican Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, all with private bathroom and the Metro Line Asuper-equipped with every comfort.</sleep>
* <sleep name="LtRoomsB&B Eldorado" alt="" address="Via Moriccavia Fabio Massimo, 572" directions="a few steps from the Metro Line A" phone="+39 338 4280189329 0707988" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ltroomsbbeldoradoroma.com/en" checkin="" checkout="" price="From € 50 per room" lat=Double €50/100"" longpriceextra="" email="[email protected]Breakfast included.com" fax="Rates change according to the season">Bed and Breakfast with 5 double bedrooms. Three rooms with private bathroom, two with a shared one.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel ColorsBest BB" alt="" address=" Via Boeziovia Francesco Sivori, 3114" directions="a few metres from the Vatican Museums" phone="+ 39 06 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 06 68679473894330366" url="http://www.hotelcolorsromerome-best-bb.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €25" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Seven dorms and wide selection The entire bed & breakfast is inspired by the world of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City video games and in particular the Saint Peter Basilica, able to host any kind of clientele, either family and young travelers8-bit world.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Il Castelletto HotelCasa Frida" alt="" address="via Angelo Emo, 97" phone="+39 339 2768290" url="http://www.casafrida.it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €70 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Holiday House next to the Vatican and the Metro Line A.</sleep> * '''Guest House Chester Suites Rome''' – Via dei Carraresi 27 Cola di Rienzo, 265 - 00192 Rome, Italy [http://www.chestersuites.com/29]. Telefono +39 320 655 6797 • Only five rooms with all the services necessary. Private bathroom with hydro massage shower, air conditioning, TV, and wi-fi and breakfast included. Rates: Single N/A; Double €104-€152. * <sleep name="Excel St. Peter Hotel" alt="" address="via Catone, 34" directions="Nearest metro station is Cornelia on Line A" phone="+39 06 39735082" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 39754358" url="http://www.excelstpeter.it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles €32, double €39">With single, twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with private bath, shower, internet access, TV and telephone.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Colors" alt="" address=" via Boezio, 31" directions="" phone="+ 39 6 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 6 6867947" url="http://www.ilcastellettohotelcolorsrome.eucom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €20">Il Castelletto is located in Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a villa shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City and the St. Peter's, able to host any kind of clientele, either family and young travelers.</sleep>  * <sleep name="LtRooms" alt="" address="via Umberto Moricca, 5" directions="a few steps from the early 9the centuryBaldo degli Ubaldi stop of Metro line A" phone="+39 338 4280189" url="http://www.ltrooms.com/en" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €50" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></sleep> * <sleep name="Maison Vaticana" alt="" address="via Ottaviano, 42" directions="" phone="+39 6 39728070" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 233249447" url="http://www.maisonvaticana.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double bedrooms €85">Comfortable bed and breakfast with single, double, on the famous Aurelia anticatriple and quadruple guestrooms with private bathroom, wi-fi connection, recently rebuiltsatellite TV and tea and coffee facilities.</sleep> * <sleep name="Oasi Verde a San Pietro" alt="" address=" Via Ormisda 10/a - Roma 00165" directions="" phone="+39 06.39388499" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.oasiverdeasanpietro. It is it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double bedrooms min 50€ max 110€">L'Oasi Verde a small hotelSan Pietro B&B offers rooms in Rome, situated not so far a 15-minute walk from the centre and famous tourist attractionsSaint Peter’s Square. It has features a pleasant atmosphere garden and free Wi-Fi throughout.</sleep> * '''The Bridge Suites Rome''' - Via Magenta, 39 - Cap 00185 Rome. Phone +39 320 6556797 • Mobile +39 320 6556797 4251. [http://thebridgesuites.it/]. Single, double, triple and each family rooms has a colour with private en-suites bath, shower, TV, air conditioning, telephone with direct free Wi-Fi and breakfast included. Single room: Euros 42. Double: Euros 46.  * <sleep name="Vatican Station Rome" alt="" address="via Vito Artale, 6" directions="" phone="+ 39 6 45664168" url="http://www.vaticanstation.com/" checkin="12:00" checkout="10:00" price="From €50" lat="" long="" to="to" the="the" metro="Metro" stop="stop" of="of" line ="Line" email="[email protected]" fax="">Fast Internet Wi-fi and internet facilitiesBreakfast included. Parking In addition to its proximity to the Metro A (300 m), also very close to the bus stop (50 m) where it is available for guests possible to take several bus lines (913, 990). All the rooms 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.</sleep> * <sleep name="Vatican Santamaura 39" alt="" address="via Santamaura, 39" directions="" phone="+39 0687768950" url="http://www.vaticansantamaura39.com/" checkin="12:00" checkout="10:00" price="From €50" lat="" long="" to="to" the garden ="the" metro="Metro" stop="stop" of="of" line="Line" email="[email protected]" fax="">Holiday house in central Rome with fast Internet Wi-Fi, flat Tv and use of kitchen. The accommodation is located beside the hotel Vatican Museums and there are different parking near by at m. 300 far from the villaMetro A - Ottaviano.</sleep>
=== Mid range ===
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* <sleep name="Amor Bed &amp; Breakfast" alt="" address="Viale viale Giulio Cesare,183" directions="" phone="(+39) 335 5689388" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.amor-bed-breakfast.com" checkin="noon12:00" checkout="11AM11:00" price="from €80Single €76-95; Double €86-€130 ">A stylish bed &amp; breakfast near the Vatican City.</sleep> * <sleep name="Atlante Star Hotel Rome" alt="" address="Via G. Vitelleschi, 34 - 00193 Rome, Italy" directions="" phone="+39 06 687 3233" email="" fax="+39 06 6872300" url="http://atlantestarhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single €108-€250; Double €143-€265">Four star hotel with rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking St. Peter's. Breakfast and wi-fi included. </sleep> *<sleep name="B&B Gli Artisti" alt="" address="via degli Scipioni, 53" directions="" phone="+39 3382078356" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bbgliartisti.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €64">Three colourful rooms are rented out in this B&B, a little less than a kilometre from the main entrance to the Vatican.</sleep> * <sleep name="B&amp;B Flaminia House" alt="" address="via Flaminia Vecchia, 484" directions="" phone="+39 6 99344539" phoneextra="+39 392 9459587" url="http://www.flaminiahouse.it" checkin="16:00" checkout="13:00" price="From €40/person" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A family run B&B with all the amenities of a modern hotel. Next to Ponte Milvio and the Vatican City.</sleep> *<sleep name="B&amp;B Sistine" alt="" address="via Duilio, 6" directions="" phone="+39 3358714840" url="http://www.bestbb.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp" lat="" long="">New B&B, rooms comes with sat tv, dvd player and free wifi</sleep> *<sleep name="Best Vatican" alt="" address="via degli Scipioni 135" directions="" phone="+39 3358714840" url="http://www.bestbb.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120/person" lat="" long="">New, modern B&B. Private bathrooms, LCD TVs with DVD players. </sleep> * '''Colonnna 18 Gust House Rome''' – Via Vittoria Colonna 18 - 00193 Rome, Italy [http://www.colonna18.com/] Telephone +39 380 1313465 • Nineteen bedrooms and suites with private en-suites bathroom, shower, free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. Double and twins bedrooms from Euros 160.  * <sleep name="Domus Quiritum B&B" alt="" address="via Duilio, 7" directions="500 m from St. Peter's square, next to the "Lepanto" Metro stop" phone="+39 338 2996291 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.domusquiritum.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="€80/140">Lovely and Friendly B&B.</sleep> *<sleep name="Filomena e Francesca B&amp;B" alt="F&F" address="via della Giuliana, 72" directions="" phone="+39 6 37513625" url="http://www.bbfandf.com/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €40/person" lat="41.9146552" long="12.4538794" email="[email protected]" fax="">Bed and Breakfast. Three rooms with private bathrooms and an air-conditioning system.</sleep>  * <sleep name="Franklin Feel The Sound Hotel" alt="" address="via Rodi, 29" directions="" phone="+39 6 39030165" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 39751652" checkin="" checkout="" price="€119-189" url="http://www.franklinhotelrome.it">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.</sleep> * <sleep name="Grand Hotel Gianicolo" alt="" address="viale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 107" directions="" phone="+39 6 58333405" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 58179434" url="http://www.grandhotelgianicolo.it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single €140, double €170">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.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Alimandi Tunisi" alt="" address="via Tunisi, 8" directions="" phone="+39 6 39723941" email="" fax="" url="http://www.alimanditunisi.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €140">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.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Joli" alt="" address="via Cola di Rienzo, 243" directions="" phone="+39 6 324 1854" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 36006637" url="http://www.hoteljoliroma.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles €99, doubles €109">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.</sleep> * <sleep name="Leone B&B" alt="" address="via Leone IV, 109" directions="Less than 2 blocks from the "Ottaviano" Metro stop" email="[email protected]" phone="+39 338 6112656" fax="+39 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70/90" url=" http://www.leonebb.it/?lingua=gb">Located one block from the entrance to Vatican City, this independent bed and breakfast is clean and cozy. Free breakfast.</sleep> * '''Little Aurelius Guest House Rome''' – Via Cicerone, 24 - 00193 Rome, Italy. [http://www.littleaurelius.it/] • Telephone +39 06 6624500 • Fax +39 06 62202701. Guest House with breakfast included, where you can have 7 double or twin bedrooms with private bathroom, shower, satellite TV, air conditioning and Wi-Fi access included in the room price. Standard doubleroom: Euros 168. Superior: Euros 178.
* <sleep name="Atlante Star HotelMocenigo Vatican Suites" alt="" address="Via Giovanni Vitelleschivia Mocenigo, 3416" directions="" phone="(+39) 06 68732333383823606" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.atlantestarhotelmocenigovaticansuites.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="1110:00" price="from €120From €75">Four star hotel with rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking Saint PetersOpened in February 2009, this seven room guest house is only 100 m from the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. </sleep>
*<sleep name="B&amp;B Filomena e Francesca" alt="" address="Via della Giuliana'''Hotel Pacific Rome''' – Viale Medaglie d'Oro, 72" directions="" phone="+39 06 37513625" url="51, 00136, Rome, Italy. [http://www.2binromehotelpacificroma.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Price from 40€ x person x night" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]]. Telephone +39 06 39732085 • Fax +39 06 39732072.com" fax="">Bed This hotel presents single, double, twin and Breakfast. Three triple rooms with private bathrooms bath, shower, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and an air-conditioning systembreakfast included. Starting from 55 euros for a single up to 110 for a triple.</sleep>
* <sleep name="B&amp;B Flaminia House" alt="FlaminiaHouse" address="'''Hotel Franklin Feel the Sound Rome''' - Via Flaminia VecchiaRodi 29 - 00195 Rome, 484" directions="walking distance from the Mlvian Bridge on the Tevere River" phone="(+39) 06 99344539 (+39) 392 9459587" url="Italy [http://www.flaminiahousefranklinhotelrome.it" checkin="16:00" checkout="13:00" price="from €40 per person" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]/]. Telephone +39 06 3903 0165 • Fax +39 06 3975 1652.com" fax="">A family run B&B Bedrooms and decor with all the amenities of a modern Hotelmusic theme, private bath, free wi-fi and breakfast included. Next to Ponte Milvio and the Vatican CityRates: Single €76-95; Double €86-€130.</sleep>
*<sleep name="'''La Dimora dei Sogni B&B Gli Artisti" alt="" address="Rome''' - Via degli Scipioni 53" directions="" phone="(+39) 3382078356" email="" fax="" url="Premuda, 3, 00198 Rome, Italy. [http://www.bbgliartistidimoravaticano.com" checkinit/?lang="" checkout="" price="from €64">Three colourful en] • Telephone +39 333.5882988. Rooms with LCD TV, air conditioning, heating, orthopedic mattresses, desk, chair, mirror, closet, bed linen and towels. Breakfast is included. Also available rooms with private bath. Rates: Double rooms are rented out are rented in this B&BEuros 70, a little less than a kilometre from the main entrance to the Vatican</sleep>Triple Euros 80.
*<sleep name="B&amp;B SistinePapa Vista Relais" alt="" address="Via Duilio 6via Tunisi, 3" directions="" phone="+39335871484039 6 65420553" email="" fax= "" url="http://www.bestbbrelaispapavista.itcom" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp" lat="" long="€80">New B&BRecently opened guesthouse fairly close to the Vatican's main entrance, rooms comes with sat tv, dvd player and free wifinear the Metro station Cipro.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Best Vatican" alt="Prati BB" address="Via via degli Scipioni , 135" directions="" phone="+39335871484039 6 3211329" urlemail="http://www.bestbb[email protected].it" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp€45/person" lat="" longurl="http://www.bed-and-breakfast-rome-near-vatican.com/">New, modern B&B. Private A small Bed and Breakfast offering two rooms with private bathrooms, LCD TV's with DVD playerand air-conditioning. </sleep>
* '''Grand Hotel Gianicolo Rome''' – Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi 107 - Cap: 00152<sleep name="Ralph and Malph B&amp;B" alt="" address="via Attilio Regolo, Rome, Italy12d" directions="" phone="+39 6 97619435" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €45" lat="41.90906" long="12. [http://www46483" email="ralph.grandhotelgianicolo[email protected].it/]" fax="">Set in a modern apartment and 5-min walk away from the Vatican City. Telephone +39 06 58333405 • Fax +39 06 58179434. The Grand Hotel Gianicolo is a four star accommodation of Rome with twinSingle, double with JacuzziDouble, triple and Dus (double for single use)Triple rooms available. All with private bath Three bathrooms and showerkitchen. Also available, the swimming pool, a private garden and a fantastic panoramic view of RomeFree WiFi. Single E 140, Double E 170Minutes away from Lepanto Metro station.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Alimandi TunisiRental Point" alt="" address="Via Tunisi 8via Vespasiano, 24" directions="" phone="+39 06 39723941" email="" fax="3401479011" url="http://www.alimanditunisiromerentalpoint.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €140€150" lat="41.907072," long="12.456699" email="[email protected]" fax="">Nice three star hotel, 35 bedrooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, large common area, complimentary breakfast, and terrace with panoramic view A selected choice of the Roman roofsapartments in city centre.</sleep>
* '''Hotel Joli Rome''' – Via Cola di Rienzo 243 - Cap: 00192<sleep name="Residenza dei Gracchi" alt="" address="via dei Gracchi, Rome, Italy. [84" directions="" phone="+39 6 320 8226" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hoteljoliromaresidenzadeigracchi.comit/]. Telephone +39 06 324 1854 • Fax +39 06 36006637. The Joli Hotel is a two star accommodation located around the Vatican area " checkin="" checkout="" price="Double room from €80-180">Cosy guest house with 17 bedrooms dived in single, double, triple and familyrooms. Most of the rooms present the All with Wi-Fi, flat TV, private bath. The rates include the breakfast. Singles 99 euros, doubles 109shower, air conditioning and cleaning services. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Leone B&B" alt="" address="'''Rinascimento Hotel Rome''' – Via Leone IVdel Pellegrino, 122, 00186 Rome, nrItaly. 109" directions="" email="[email protected]" phone="+39 338 6112656" fax="+00 39 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70/90" url=" [http://www.leonebbhotelrinascimento.itcom/?lingua=gb">Located one block from the entrance to Vatican City] • Telephone + 39 06.675191 • Fax +39 06.6794496. Bedrooms and suites with private bath, this independent bed shower, living room, satellite flat TV, Wi-Fi and breakfast is clean and cozytelephone. Double rooms: 120 Euros. While it doesn't offer the amenities of an expensive hotel, it's a fine choice for an independent traveler, since it is located less than two blocks from the metro stationSingle: 87 Euros. Free breakfastBreakfast included.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mocenigo Vatican SuitesSt. Peter's Six Temporary Room" alt="" address="Via Mocenigovia della Conciliazione, 16 - 00192 Roma15" directions="100 m from St. Peter's square" phone="+39 Tel: 0039 33838236066 68809883" email="stayst.peter6.booking@mocenigovaticansuitesgmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.mocenigovaticansuitesstpetersix.comit" checkin="2pm" checkout="10 a.m." price="From €75€80/190">Opened in February 2009, this seven room comfortable and friendly guest house is located only 100 metres from the main entrance to the Vatican Museums.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Papa Vista RelaisSilla Hotel" alt="" address="Via Tunisi via Silla, 3" directions="" phone="+39 06 654205536 3721922" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax= "+39 6 3721922" url="http://www.relaispapavistahotelsillaroma.comit/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80Single from €70-110, double from €85-150, triple from €120-175, quadruple from €140-200">Recently opened guesthouse fairly close 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 Vatican's main entrance, near the Metro station Ciproseason.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Prati BB" address="Via degli Scipioni, 135" phone="ph.+39 06 3211329" emailSplurge ="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Price from 45€ x person x night" url="http://www.bed-and-breakfast-rome-near-vatican.com/">A small Bed and Breakfast offering two rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Ralph and Malph B&amp;B" alt="" address="via Attilio Regolo 12d" directions="" phone="+39 06 97619435" url="'''Alimandi Vaticano Rome''' – Viale Vaticano, 99, 00165 Roma, Italy [http://www.facebookalimandivaticanohotel.com/group.php?gid=294437549142" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 45 EUR" lat="41.90906" long="12.46483" email="[email protected]] Telephone +39 06 397 45562 • Fax +39 06 397 60569.it" fax="">Set in a modern apartment Suites and just 5 minutes walk away from the Vatican City. Singlebedrooms with private bath, shower, Doublefree Wi-Fi, Triple rooms available. Three bathrooms TV and kitchenbreakfast included. Free WiFi InternetDouble: E. Minutes away from Lepanto Metro station120, Triple: 200.</sleep>
* '''Silla Hotel Rome''' – Via Silla 3 - Cap: 00192<sleep name="B&B Maison Candia" alt="" address="via Candia, Rome, Italy. [20" directions="" phone="+39 6 39745693" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelsillaromamaisoncandia.it/]english/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A luxury guest house near the Vatican Museums. Telephone </sleep> * <sleep name="Best Western Spring House" alt="" address="via Mocenigo, 7" directions="" phone="+39 06 3721922 • Fax 6 39720948" url="http://www.springhouse.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="€120-240" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 06 3721922.Two 6 39721047">A small 3 star hotel with single. The rooms, a bit small, doubleare comfortable and quiet. Great breakfast, triple wonderful service (maids and quadruple roomsreception). The hotel staff speaks pretty good English.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Isa" address="via Cicerone, 39" phone="+39 6 3212610" email="[email protected]. All with ennet" fax="+39 6 3212610" price="€100-suite private bath400" url="http://www.hotelisa.net"></sleep> ==Stay safe==Although there is little crime in the Vatican, shower, telephone pickpockets and scammers from the surrounding city do sneak in so be careful how you hold your money on you and TV. Air conditioning be wary of a deal that seems too good to be true (especially since many items these people bring are cheap and breakfast possibly dangerous product rip-offs that are available paying '''illegal to buy'''). Possession of these illegal rip-offs or stolen products may earn you a little supplementfine. The prices change according to  Homosexuality, although legal, is a hot topic in the seasonRoman Catholic Church. Single room from 70 to 110 eurosVatican City sees homosexuality as a sin and no public accommodations are LGBT friendly. Attacks may rarely occur and police may be complicit or unsympathetic. Double from 85 LBGT are encouraged to 150keep their sexuality private. Triple from 120  The Vatican is conservative in what they want you to 175wear, so if you visit a church there, make sure your clothing covers as much skin as it can, particularly your legs. Quadruple from 140 Wearing skimpy outfits along with being condemned by people around you will limit what places you can gain entry to 200.
==Contact==
'''Mail a letter'''. Since Vatican City is a separate country it also has its own postal system; send a postcard to your friends and it will be postmarked from Vatican City.
'''Mail a letter''' - Since Vatican City is a separate country, it also has ==Respect==Respect and reverence to the Roman Catholic Church and its own postal system, which practices and doctrine 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 Cityencouraged.
==Respect==Since Vatican City is a Papal state, such respect Those who aren't Catholic and reverence to are openly declaring it by blatantly attacking the Roman Catholic Church 's views and its practices beliefs might be treated as less than an equal. Try to keep your beliefs to yourself and doctrine is encouraged''avoid debating over them''.
Sleeveless shirts and short pants or skirts are not permitted within the border of the Vatican. This is rarely enforced, but you will be refused entry to the Basilica and museum (or anywhere else with a security check).
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