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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 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. 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 the Italian Republic modified certain some of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion.
The pope Pope is elected for life by the College of Cardinals. When the election was last held (TuesdayMarch 13, April 19, 2005. Benedict XVI2013 - Pope Francis I), 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.
Present concerns of the Holy See include interreligious dialogue and reconciliation, and the application of church Church doctrine in an era of rapid change and globalization. About 1 a billion people worldwide profess the Catholic faith. ===Holy See=== It is widely believed that the Vatican City and the Holy See are one and the 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 globe. Ordinances of Vatican City are published in Italian; official documents of the Holy See are issued mainly in Latin. The two entities have distinct passports: the Holy 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.When Note that, when talking about the country's terrain, most of the country's area it is part of the Vatican gardensGardens.
===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 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.]]
It's easy to get to Although not a member of either the Vatican by taxi, bus [[EU|European Union]] or by foot from Rome&mdash;the closest neighborhood on the other side of the Tiber being [[Rome/Old RomeEEA|NavonaEuropean Economic Area]]. A beautiful experience can be get to San Peter walking from Piazza Venezia, along Via del Plebiscito, Corso Vittorio Emanuele the Vatican maintains an open border with Italy and then Via della Conciliazione (or, if you want, from Termini, walking along Via Nazionale), is treated as part of the [[Travel in the closest aproximation to the Whashingtonian "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''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''. From Central central Rome, the #64 bus goes right to the southern end of the Vatican... however, but it is filled with 's a favourite among pickpockets so guard your valuables! Visitors and tourists are not permitted to drive inside the Vatican without specific permission, which is normally granted only to those who have business with some office in the Vatican.
==Get around==
With only 109 acres (44 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==
* <see name="Monte Mario" alt="" address="" directionsSwiss Guard="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">[[Image:Swiss Papal Guards.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Swiss Guards]]The largest hill in Rome, '''Swiss Guard''' ([[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]: ''Guardia Svizzera Pontificia''; [[French phrasebook|French]]: ''Garde Suisse Pontificale''; [[German phrasebook|German]]: ''Päpstliche Schweizergarde''; Latin: ''Pontificia Cohors Helvetica'') is tasked with sweeping views of protecting the Vatican and Rome across Pontiff himself. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the Tiber.</see>* <see name="Teatro Adriano" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>* <see name="Palazzo di Giustizia" alt="Palace uniforms worn by Renaissance-era soldiers; winter palette of Justice" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> </see>* <see name="Castel Sant'Angelo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.castelsantangelo.com/info.asp" hours="09clothing differs from summer palette.00 Contrary to 19.00popular belief, last entry at 18.30Michelangelo did not design the Guards' uniforms - rather, closed on Mondays" price="Euros 8they were created by one of the Guard's commanders,5Jules Repond, with reductionsin the 19th century. Roma Pass accepted" lat=The Pontifical Swiss Guard is also the smallest and oldest standing army in the world, founded in 1506 by the "warrior Pope" long="" email="" fax="">Julius II (the same Pope who kick- Perhaps started the most fascinating building in Romeconstruction of this 'new' basilica and making Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel). The core origins of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor HadrianSwiss guards, however, built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds built on top of go much further; the mausoleum were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by medieval Popes. The building was used , as well as a prison until 1870lot of European rulers, but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit regularly employed Swiss mercenaries since the balcony from which Tosca leaps to her death15th century. Film buffs will recognise as Said Swiss mercenaries were a setting from major "export"Angels of Switzerland (before they decided in 1515 not to be involved in military conflicts anymore) and Demons"turned particularly useful during the Sack of Rome of 1527.</see> 
===Swiss GuardSt. Peter's Basilica===[[Image:Swiss Papal Guards.JPG|thumb|right|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 1400's. Swiss mercenaries were a major export of Switzerland before they started making watches.
===[[Image:Basilica_Dome.JPG|thumb|250px|right|''Dome of St . Peter's Basilica===basilica in Vatican City'']]
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 [[Image:Basilica_Dome.JPG|thumbManhattan/Lower Manhattan|200px|''Dome Statue of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City''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.
The centre of the Catholic worldTo get in, you will first go through a metal detector (after all, this magnificent basilica with its Michelangelo designed dome has is an awe-inspiring interiorimportant building). This place is huge, but everything Don't be put off if there is a long line in such proportion that front of the detectors; the scale escapes youwhole thing moves quickly. To give you a comparison, you can fit The line is usually shorter in the [[Manhattan/Lower Manhattan|Statue of Liberty]], statue morning 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 spareduring mid week.
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.[[Image:St. Peter's.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Baldacchino and Domethe dome, St. Peter's Basilicabasilica]]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 €8 for the elevator (€5 €6 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 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 a strict dress code is enforced (as in many other houses places of worship), so have your shoulders covered, wear trousers or a not-too-short dress, and men must 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 souvenirs.
The basilica is open Apr-Sep 07:00-19:00 daily April to September 9AMand Oct-7PM and October to March 9AMMar 07:00-6PM18:00; closed Wednesday W mornings for papal audiences.
Daily mass at 8masses M-Sa 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
The pope Note that the Pope may occasionally be away on a state visit, however.
===St. Peter's Piazzasquare===[[Image:RomePeters.jpg|thumb|250px|right|St. Peter's]]The Piazza di San Pietro 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 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. fountains were designed 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 two different architects, Carlo Maderno 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 locationGian Lorenzo Bernini.
During the Middle Ages, the The '''bronze ball on top of the obelisk''' in the middle of the square was believed transported from Egypt to contain Rome in 37 C.E. by the Emperor Caligula to mark the ashes spine of Julius Caesara circus eventually completed by Nero. When it The so-called Circus of Nero was relocated, parallel to and to the present reliquary, south of the Chigi Star in honor of Pope Alexander VII, was added containing pieces east-west axis of the True Crosscurrent basilica. This is the only obelisk It was in Rome this circus that never toppled since it St. Peter was placed crucified 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 first official persecutions of the pope, no one was to speak a word otherwise he would be excommunicatedChristians undertaken by Nero beginning in 64 C. However, a sailor shouted to water the ropes to prevent them from burningE. He was forgiven and continuing until his death in gratitude for saving 67 C.E. The original location of the day, obelisk is marked with a plaque located near the palms for Palm Sunday still come from sacristy on the sailor's home town south side of Bordighera. The moving of this obelisk the basilica, where it remained until it was celebrated moved in engravings during 1586 C.E. by Pope Sixtus V to its time to commemorate the Renaissance's recovery and mastery of ancient knowledgepresent location.
===The Vatican Museum===[[Image:Vatican Museum.JPG|thumb|right|Double Spiral StaircaseDuring the Middle Ages, exit the '''bronze ball on top of Vatican Museum]][http://mvthe obelisk''' was believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html] One of When it was relocated to the present reliquary, the greatest art galleries Chigi Star in the worldhonour of Pope Alexander VII was added, containing pieces of the museum True Cross. This is most famous for its spiral staircase, the Raphael Rooms only obelisk in Rome that never toppled since it was placed in ancient Rome and is the second largest Egyptian obelisk after the exquisitely decorated Sistine Chapel famous for Michelangelo's frescosLateran obelisk. This celebrated obelisk nearly shattered while it was being moved. It's organized so you follow Upon orders of the pope, no one was to speak a one-way routeword otherwise he would be excommunicated. Price: €15 for visitorsHowever, €8a sailor shouted to water the ropes to prevent them from burning.00 He was forgiven and in gratitude for concessions. Open Monday to Saturday 9:00AM-6:00PMsaving the day, closed the palms for Palm Sunday except last Sunday of still come from the month, when its free, crowded, and open 9:00AM-2:00PM. Last entry 120 (90 mins on open Sundays) minutes before closing time, Sistine Chapel closes before rest sailor's home town of museum doesBordighera. 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, moving of this obelisk was celebrated in engravings during its time to commemorate the Renaissance's recovery and December 8, 25, & 26mastery of ancient knowledge.
===The Vatican Museums===<see name="The Vatican Museums" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html" hours="M-Sa 09:00-18:00 (last tickets at 16:00). Closed Su except last Su of the mo; when it is free, crowded, and open 09:00-14:00. The 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 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 with Michelangelo's frescoes. It's organised in such a way that the visitor has to follow a one-way route; do see it! Don't put it off, because it closes before the rest of the museum does!</see> [[Image:Vatican Museum is .JPG|thumb|right|250px|Double Spiral Staircase, exit of Vatican Museum]] You can get to the Vatican Museums by taking Metro line '''A''' (direction: "Battistini") and getting off at the "Ottaviano - S.Pietro - Musei Vaticani" or "Cipro" stops (10 minutes walk). Bus #49 stops in front of the museum entrance, buses #32, #81 and #982, along with tram line #19, stop on piazza del Risorgimento (5 minutes walk); buses #492 and #990 stop at via Leone IV and via degli Scipioni, respectively (5 minutes walk). The 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.
Accessing the Sistine Chapel requires walking through many other You can book on-line for admission only (spectacularno tour) halls for an extra €4pp and buildings (including still skip the Raphael's Rooms) and it takes about an hour. 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 morequeue.
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 most people doeveryone 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=== * <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, 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 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''.</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 ''Corte di Cassazione'' (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 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 Italian Unification) lies at the centre of the gardens. The square itself has been refurbished following the construction of an underground parking lot in 2012.</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. St. Peter's Basilica The basilica is open usually from 707:00-719:00. The Vatican Museums is open to the public from 9 AM M- 4 PM Monday Sa 09:00- Saturday16:00. Visitors can stay inside until 6 PM18:00. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays Su except for the last Sunday Su of each month when it is open from 909:00-12:30. Visitors can stay inside until 2 PM14:00. 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.
 
If you are into photography, the St. Peter's square is perhaps very a irritating location because of always being full of people, barricades, security and speakers and lights hanging from places. Even on weekdays when it is raining, the area is just very crowded. Do not have 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.
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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 is 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 country in the world where ATM instructions are available in Latinopen 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]].
==Eat==Numerous other eateries are just outside the walls of Vatican City.
The * '''Hoi Restaurant Rome''', via Tunisi 1/B (''at the corner with via Sebastiano Veniero'') [http://www.hoiroma.com/]. Telephone + 39 06 90270954 • Cell. +39 06 68309439. A high quality restaurant located in front of the Vatican Museums have a reasonable cafeteria style restaurant, a bar, and a pizzeria. Fresh fish, all of which are open during museum opening hourssushi, crustacean food and until about one hour after closing. See also [[Rome]]much more.
Seasoned travelers will know how to tip, and how to ask for * <eat name="Old Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located across the price at street from the counterLeonine walls, instead of buying at near 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 Museums.Very cheap</eat>
* <eat name="Old BridgePastasciutta" alt="" address="Via Delle Grazie, 5" directions="100m from St. Peter's Basilica square" phone="3336503758" url="http://www.pastasciuttaroma.it/" emailhours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Located across the street from the Vatican City wall if you're following it from San Pietro to the Vatican Museum6 types of fresh pasta (pasta fresca). Cheap, 4. Very cheap and delicious5-6 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]].
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*''' B&B Eldorado Rome''' – Via Fabio Massimo<sleep name="Angel Hotel" alt="" address="via Marianna Dionigi, 72, 00192, Rome, Italy [16" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bbeldoradoromaangelhotelroma.comit/]. Telephone +39 329 0707988. The Eldorado is a cosy Bed and Breakfast of Rome with 5 double bedrooms. Three with private bath, two en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Two-star Hotel near Castel Sant'Angelo with a shared one. Breakfast included. Rates change according easy access to the seasonpublic transport. Double: 50</100 E. sleep>
* <sleep name="Colors HostelArmony Suites B&amp;B" alt="" address="Via Boezio 31via Orazio, 3" directions="" phone="+39 06 68740306 97841129" url="http://www.colorshotelromearmonysuites.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €15 (low season) €80 in April" lat="41.90846," long="12.46590" email="hotelcolorsinfo@gmailromearmonysuites.com" fax="+39 6 97841129">Hotel with brightly painted Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, a few blocks north of the Vatican, guests can make use of kitchen facilities on each floorall with private bathroom and super-equipped with every comfort. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Casa FridaB&B Eldorado" alt="" address="Via Emovia Fabio Massimo, 9772" directions="" phone="+39 339 2768290329 0707988" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.casafridabbeldoradoroma.itcom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €70 per room" lat=Double €50/100"" longpriceextra="" email="[email protected]Breakfast included.it" fax="Rates change according to the season">Holiday House next to the Vatican Bed and the Metro Line ABreakfast with 5 double bedrooms. Three rooms with private bathroom, two with a shared one.</sleep>
* '''Excel St Peter Hotel''' – Via Catone<sleep name="Best BB" alt="" address="via Francesco Sivori, 34, 00192 Rome, Italy [14" directions="a few metres from the Vatican Museums" phone="+39 3894330366" url="http://www.excelstpeterrome-best-bb.itcom/]. Telephone +39 06 39735082 • Fax +39 06 39754358" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €25" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]. com" fax="">The Excel Saint Peter entire bed & breakfast is a budget hotel inspired by the world of Rome with single, twin, double, triple video games and quadruple rooms. All with private bath, shower, internet access, TV and telephone. Single 32 Euros. Double 39 Eurosin particular the 8-bit world. </sleep>
* <sleep name="LtRoomsCasa Frida" alt="" address="Via Moriccavia Angelo Emo, 5" directions="a few steps from the Metro Line A97" phone="+39 338 4280189339 2768290" url="http://www.ltroomscasafrida.comit/en" checkin="" checkout="" price="From € 50 €70 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]ltroomscasafrida.comit" fax="">Holiday House next to the Vatican and the Metro Line A.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Colors" alt="" address=" '''Guest House Chester Suites Rome''' – Via BoezioCola di Rienzo, 31" directions="" phone="+ 39 06 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 06 6867947" url="265 - 00192 Rome, Italy [http://www.hotelcolorsromechestersuites.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms ]. Telefono +39 320 655 6797 • Only five rooms with all the services necessary. Private bathroom with private showershydro massage shower, air conditioning, 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 wi-fi and young travelersbreakfast included.<Rates: Single N/sleep>A; Double €104-€152.
* <sleep name="Il Castelletto Excel St. Peter Hotel" alt="" address=Via dei Carraresi 27 /29"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.ilcastellettoexcelstpeter.euit/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €20Singles €32, double €39">Il Castelletto is located in a villa of the early 9the centuryWith single, on the famous Aurelia anticatwin, recently rebuilt. It is a small hoteldouble, situated not so far from the centre triple and famous tourist attractionsquadruple rooms. It has a pleasant atmosphere and each rooms has a colour TVAll with private bath, air conditioningshower, telephone with direct line and internet facilities. Parking is available for guests in the garden of the hotel access, TV and there are different parking near by the villatelephone.</sleep>
* '''Maison Vaticana Rome ''' – Via Ottaviano<sleep name="Hotel Colors" alt="" address=" via Boezio, 42, 00192 Rome, Italy [31" directions="" phone="+ 39 6 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 6 6867947" url="http://www.maisonvaticanahotelcolorsrome.com/]. Telephone +39 06 39728070 • Fax +39 06 233249447. The Maison Vaticana is a comfortable bed " checkin="" checkout="" price="">Seven dorms and breakfast wide selection of Rome with single, double, triple and quadruple guestrooms bedrooms with private bathroom, wi-fi connectionshowers, satellite TV and tea a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City and coffee facilitiesthe St. Double bedroomsPeter's, able to host any kind of clientele, 85 Euroseither family and young travelers. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Rome Best BBLtRooms" alt="" address="Via Sivori 14via Umberto Moricca, 5" directions="a few meteres steps from Vatican Museumsthe Baldo 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, triple and quadruple guestrooms with private bathroom, wi-fi connection, satellite 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 3894330366 06.39388499" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.romeoasiverdeasanpietro.it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double bedrooms min 50€ max 110€">L'Oasi Verde a San Pietro B&B offers rooms in Rome, a 15-minute walk from Saint Peter’s Square. It features a 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 family rooms with private en-bestsuites bath, shower, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-bbFi 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 €25€50" lat="" long="" to="to" the="the" metro="Metro" stop="stop" of="of" line="Line" email="infovaticanstation@romegmail.com" fax="">Fast Internet Wi-bestfi and Breakfast included. In addition to its proximity to the Metro A (300 m), also very close to the bus stop (50 m) where it is possible to take several bus lines (913, 990). All the rooms are air conditioned, paved in marble, have a comfortable bed queen-bbsize 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="the" metro="Metro" stop="stop" of="of" line="Line" email="[email protected].com" fax="">Holiday house in central Rome with fast Internet Wi-Fi, flat Tv and use of kitchen. The entire bed & breakfast accommodation is inspired by located beside the world of video games Vatican Museums and in particular at m. 300 far from the 8Metro A -bit worldOttaviano.</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="Atlante Star HotelFilomena e Francesca B&amp;B" alt="F&F" address="Via Giovanni Vitelleschivia della Giuliana, 3472" directions="" phone="(+39) 06 6873233" email="" fax="6 37513625" url="http://www.atlantestarhotelbbfandf.com/en/" checkin="14:00" checkout="11:00" price="from €120From €40/person" lat="41.9146552" long="12.4538794" email="[email protected]" fax="">Four star hotel Bed and Breakfast. Three rooms with rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking Saint Petersprivate bathrooms and an air-conditioning system. </sleep>
*<sleep name="B&amp;B Filomena e FrancescaFranklin Feel The Sound Hotel" alt="" address="Via della Giulianavia Rodi, 7229" directions="" phone="+39 06 375136256 39030165" urlemail="http://www[email protected].2binrome.com/it" fax="+39 6 39751652" checkin="" checkout="" price="Price from 40€ x person x night€119-189" laturl="" long="" email="[email protected]http://www.franklinhotelrome.com" fax="it">Bed Hotel with a unique music theme. The decor is very modern and Breakfaststylish. Three Staff was helpful friendly and polite, continental breakfast is varied and plentiful. The rooms with private bathrooms are clean, funky and an air-conditioning systemvery comfortable.</sleep>
* <sleep name="B&amp;B Flaminia HouseGrand Hotel Gianicolo" alt="FlaminiaHouse" address="Via Flaminia Vecchiaviale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 484107" directions="walking distance from the Mlvian Bridge on the Tevere River" phone="(+39) 06 99344539 (6 58333405" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39) 392 94595876 58179434" url="http://www.flaminiahousegrandhotelgianicolo.it/" checkin="16:00" checkout="13:00" price="from €40 per personSingle €140, double €170" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]>Four-star accommodation with twin, double with jacuzzi, triple and dus (double for single use).com" fax="">A family run B&B All with all the amenities of private bath and shower. Swimming pool, a modern Hotel. Next to Ponte Milvio private garden and the Vatican Citya fantastic panoramic view of Rome.</sleep>
*<sleep name="B&B Gli ArtistiHotel Alimandi Tunisi" alt="" address="Via degli Scipioni 53via Tunisi, 8" directions="" phone="(+39) 33820783566 39723941" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bbgliartistialimanditunisi.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="from €64From €140">Three colourful rooms are rented out are rented in this B&BNice three star hotel, 35 bedrooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, large common area, complimentary breakfast, a little less than a kilometre from and terrace with panoramic view of the main entrance to the VaticanRoman roofs.</sleep>
*<sleep name="B&amp;B SistineHotel Joli" alt="" address="Via Duilio 6via Cola di Rienzo, 243" directions="" phone="+39335871484039 6 324 1854" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 36006637" url="http://www.bestbbhoteljoliroma.itcom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp" lat="" long="Singles €99, doubles €109">New B&BTwo star accommodation located around the Vatican area with 17 bedrooms dived in single, rooms comes with sat tvdouble, dvd player triple and free wififamily. Most of the rooms have private bath. Breakfast included.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Best VaticanLeone B&B" alt="" address="Via degli Scipioni 135via Leone IV, 109" directions="Less than 2 blocks from the "Ottaviano" Metro stop" email="[email protected]" phone="+39335871484039 338 6112656" urlfax="http://www.bestbb.it+39 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp€70/90" laturl="" longhttp://www.leonebb.it/?lingua="gb">NewLocated one block from the entrance to Vatican City, modern B&Bthis independent bed and breakfast is clean and cozy. Private bathrooms, LCD TV's with DVD playerFree breakfast. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Franklin Feel The Sound Hotel" alt="" address="'''Little Aurelius Guest House Rome''' – Via RodiCicerone, 29" directions="" phone="+39 06.39030165" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 0624 - 00193 Rome, Italy.39751652" checkin="" checkout="" price="€ 119-189" url="[http://www.franklinhotelromelittleaurelius.it"> Hotel /] • Telephone +39 06 6624500 • Fax +39 06 62202701. Guest House with a unique music theme. The decor is very modern breakfast included, where you can have 7 double or twin bedrooms with private bathroom, shower, satellite TV, air conditioning and stylishWi-Fi access included in the room price. Staff was helpful friendly and polite, continental breakfast is varied and plentifulStandard doubleroom: Euros 168. The rooms are clean, funky and very comfortableSuperior: Euros 178. </sleep>
* '''Grand Hotel Gianicolo Rome''' – Viale delle Mura Gianicolense 107 - Cap: 00152<sleep name="Mocenigo Vatican Suites" alt="" address="via Mocenigo, Rome, Italy16" directions="" phone="+39 3383823606" email="[email protected]. [com" fax="" url="http://www.grandhotelgianicolomocenigovaticansuites.it/]. Telephone +39 06 58333405 • Fax +39 06 58179434. The Grand Hotel Gianicolo com" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00" price="From €75">Opened in February 2009, this seven room guest house is a four star accommodation of Rome with twin, double with Jacuzzi, triple and Dus (double for single use). All with private bath and shower. Also available, only 100 m from the main entrance to the swimming pool, a private garden and a fantastic panoramic view of Rome. Single E 140, Double E 170Vatican Museums.</sleep>
* <sleep name="'''Hotel Alimandi Tunisi" alt="" address="Via Tunisi 8" directions="" phone="+39 06 39723941" email="" fax="" url="Pacific Rome''' – Viale Medaglie d'Oro, 51, 00136, Rome, Italy. [http://www.alimanditunisihotelpacificroma.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €140">Nice three star /]. Telephone +39 06 39732085 • Fax +39 06 39732072. This hotelpresents single, double, 35 bedrooms twin and triple rooms with air conditioning and private bath, shower, free Wi-Fi, large common area, complimentary satellite TV and breakfast, and terrace with panoramic view of the Roman roofsincluded. Starting from 55 euros for a single up to 110 for a triple.</sleep>
* '''Hotel Joli Franklin Feel the Sound Rome''' - Via Cola di Rienzo 243 Rodi 29 - Cap: 00192, 00195 Rome, Italy. [http://www.hoteljoliromafranklinhotelrome.comit/]. Telephone +39 06 324 1854 3903 0165 • Fax +39 06 360066373975 1652. The Joli Hotel is a two star accommodation located around the Vatican area Bedrooms and decor with 17 bedrooms dived in singlemusic theme, doubleprivate bath, triple free wi-fi and family. Most of the rooms present the private bath. The rates include the breakfastincluded. Singles 99 euros, doubles 109Rates: Single €76-95; Double €86-€130.
* <sleep name="Leone '''La Dimora dei Sogni B&B" alt="" address="Rome''' - Via Leone IVPremuda, 3, 00198 Rome, nrItaly. 109" directions="" email="[email protected]" phone="+39 338 6112656" fax="+00 39 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70/90" url=" [http://www.leonebbdimoravaticano.it/?lingualang=gb">Located one block from the entrance to Vatican Cityen] • Telephone +39 333.5882988. Rooms with LCD TV, air conditioning, heating, orthopedic mattresses, desk, chair, mirror, closet, this independent bed linen and breakfast towels. Breakfast is clean and cozyincluded. Also available rooms with private bath. While it doesn't offer the amenities of an expensive hotel, it's a fine choice for an independent travelerRates: Double rooms Euros 70, since it is located less than two blocks from the metro stationTriple Euros 80. Free breakfast.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mocenigo Vatican SuitesPapa Vista Relais" alt="" address="Via Mocenigovia Tunisi, 16 - 00192 Roma3" directions="" phone="+39 Tel: 0039 33838236066 65420553" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.mocenigovaticansuitesrelaispapavista.com" checkin="2pm" checkout="10 a.m." price="From €75€80">Opened in February 2009, this seven room guest house is located only 100 metres from Recently opened guesthouse fairly close to the Vatican's main entrance to , near the Vatican MuseumsMetro station Cipro.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Papa Vista Relais" alt="Prati BB" address="Via Tunisi 3" directions="via degli Scipioni, 135" phone="+39 06 654205536 3211329" email="[email protected]" fax= "" url="http://www.relaispapavista.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80€45/person" url="http://www.bed-and-breakfast-rome-near-vatican.com/">Recently opened guesthouse fairly close to the Vatican's main entrance, near the Metro station CiproA small Bed and Breakfast offering two rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Prati BBRalph and Malph B&amp;B" alt="" address="Via degli Scipionivia Attilio Regolo, 13512d" directions="" phone="ph.+39 06 32113296 97619435" url=" email" checkin="[email protected]" faxcheckout="" checkinprice="From €45" checkoutlat="41.90906" pricelong="Price from 45€ x person x night12.46483" urlemail="http://wwwralph.bed-and-breakfast-rome-near-vatican[email protected].com/it" fax="">A small Bed Set in a modern apartment and Breakfast offering two 5-min walk away from the Vatican City. Single, Double, Triple rooms with private available. Three bathrooms and air-conditioningkitchen. Free WiFi. Minutes away from Lepanto Metro station.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Ralph and Malph B&amp;BRental Point" alt="" address="via Attilio Regolo 12dVespasiano, 24" directions="" phone="+39 06 976194353401479011" url="http://www.facebookromerentalpoint.com/group.php?gid=294437549142" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 45 EUR€150" lat="41.90906907072," long="12.46483456699" email="ralph.malphinfo@hotmailromerentalpoint.itcom" fax="">Set A selected choice of apartments 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 Internet. Minutes away from Lepanto Metro stationcity centre.</sleep>
* '''Silla Hotel Rome''' – Via Silla 3 - 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.hotelsillaromaresidenzadeigracchi.it/]. Telephone +39 06 3721922 • Fax +39 06 3721922.Two star hotel " checkin="" checkout="" price="Double room from €80-180">Cosy guest house with single, double, triple and quadruple family rooms. All with enWi-suite Fi, flat TV, private bath, shower, telephone and TV. Air air conditioning and breakfast are available paying a little supplement. The prices change according to the season. Single room from 70 to 110 euros. Double from 85 to 150. Triple from 120 to 175. Quadruple from 140 to 200cleaning services.</sleep>
* '''Rinascimento Hotel Rome''' – Via del Pellegrino, 122, 00186 Rome, Italy. [http://www.hotelrinascimento.com/] • Telephone + 39 06.675191 • Fax +39 06.6794496. Bedrooms and suites with private bath, shower, living room, satellite flat TV, Wi-Fi and telephone. Double rooms: 120 Euros. Single: 87 Euros. Breakfast included.  *<sleep name="Rome Armony Suites B&B B&amp;BSt. Peter's Six Temporary Room" alt="" address="via Orazio 3della Conciliazione, 15" directions="100 m from St. Peter's square" phone="+39 06 978411296 68809883" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.romearmonysuitesstpetersix.com/it" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80/190">comfortable and friendly guest house.</sleep> * <sleep name="Silla Hotel" alt="" address="via Silla, 3" directions="" phone="+39 6 3721922" lat="41.90846," long="12.46590" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 06 978411296 3721922" url="http://www.hotelsillaroma.it/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single from €70-110, double from €85-150, triple from €120-175, quadruple from €140-200">Elegant bed Two-star hotel with single, double, triple and breakfastquadruple rooms. Recently refurbishedAll with en-suite private bath, has six roomsshower, all with private bathroom telephone and TV. Air conditioning and super-equipped with every comfortbreakfast are available for a little supplement. The prices change according to the season.</sleep>
=== Splurge ===
* '''Alimandi Vaticano Rome''' – Viale Vaticano, 99, 00165 Roma, Italy [http://www.alimandivaticanohotel.com/] Telephone +39 06 397 45562 • Fax +39 06 397 60569. Suites and bedrooms with private bath, shower, free Wi-Fi, TV and breakfast included. Double: E. 120, Triple: 200.  * <sleep name="Best Western Spring HouseB&B Maison Candia" alt="" address="Via Mocenigo 7via Candia, 20" directions="" phone="06 39720948+39 6 39745693" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="06 39721047" url="http://www.maisoncandia.it/english/" checkin="" checkout="" price="120€ - 240€">A luxury guest house near the Vatican Museums.</sleep> * <sleep name="Best Western Spring House" alt="" address="via Mocenigo, 7" directions="" phone="+39 6 39720948" url="http://www.springhouse.it" checkin="" checkout="" price="€120-240" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 39721047">A small 3 star hotel. The rooms, although a bit small, are comfortable and is quiet. Great breakfast, wonderful service (maids and reception). The hotel staff speaks pretty good English.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Isa" address="via Cicerone, 39" phone="+39 6 3212610" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 3212610" price="€100-400" url="http://www.hotelisa.net"></sleep> ==Stay safe==Although there is little crime in the Vatican, pickpockets and scammers from the surrounding city do sneak in so be careful how you hold your money on you and be wary of a deal that seems too good to be true (especially since many items these people bring are cheap and possibly dangerous product rip-offs that are '''illegal to buy'''). Possession of these illegal rip-offs or stolen products may earn you a fine.  Homosexuality, although legal, is a hot topic in the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican City sees homosexuality as a sin and no public accommodations are LGBT friendly. Attacks may rarely occur and police may be complicit or unsympathetic. LBGT are encouraged to keep their sexuality private.  The Vatican is conservative in what they want you to wear, so if you visit a church there, make sure your clothing covers as much skin as it can, particularly your legs. Wearing skimpy outfits along with being condemned by people around you will limit what places you can gain entry to.
==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 ; send a postcard to your friends and it will be postmarked from Vatican City.
==Respect==
Since Vatican City is a Papal state, such respect Respect and reverence to the Roman Catholic Church and its practices and doctrine is encouraged.
Sleeveless shirts Those who aren't Catholic and short pants or skirts are not permitted within openly declaring it by blatantly attacking the border of the VaticanChurch's views and beliefs might be treated as less than an equal. Try to keep your beliefs to yourself and ''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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