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| capital=Vatican City
| government=Theocracy/ elective absolute monarchy
| currency=euro (EUR)
| area=0.44 sq km
| population=821 (July 2007 est.)
| language=Latin (official), <br/>spoken: [[Italian_phrasebook|Italian]] (official)
| religion=Roman Catholic (100% and official)
| electricity=230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)
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.
'''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:
Perhaps the * ''Borgo S. Spirito'Vatican''' needs no introduction. The center of Catholicism, and encompassing is the Vatican City statearea between via di Porta Cavalleggeri, as well as the surrounding Roman neighborhoods of the Vaticano, Prati, and Monte Mario, this small slice of the city is packed with more history Tiber river and artwork than most cities in the world.via della Conciliazione;
==Understand==* ''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. '''Prati''' is the twenty-second, and last, ''rione'' of the city. An elegant district laid out in the late 19th century, it was designed to house (along with the Esquilino neighbourhood and the area around piazza della Repubblica) the civil servants of the newly-established Kingdom of Italy. Unlike the Esquilino - 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 was the first neighbourhood in city to be provided with electricity. Its most important squares are the recently renovated piazza Cavour and piazza del Risorgimento (near the Vatican Museums) while the main boulevard is via Cola di Rienzo, also one of Rome's most famous shopping streets. 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 locally known as 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, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVIlocated on via Andrea Doria.
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.
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.
Although 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:Vatican-map.png|thumb|600px|Map of Vatican City and 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 Vaticanby 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.. A beautiful experience can be get to San Peter walking from Piazza Venezia, along Via del Plebiscito, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and then Via della Conciliazione (or, if you want, from Termini, walking along Via Nazionale), in the closest aproximation to the Washingtonian "National Mall" or Parisian Voie Imperiale that Rome has to offer you. Take the Metro line A to ''Cipro'' for the 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 so guard your valuables!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!
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.
The Vatican City State does not have any official language. However, since creation in 1929 Italian has been used as de facto official language within the administration. Latin, on the other hand, is the official language of The Holy See, which opperates from The Vatican City. 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.
===Swiss Guard===
[[Image:Swiss Papal Guards.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Swiss Papal Guards]]The '''Swiss Guards CorpsGuard''' ([[Italian phrasebook|Italian]]: ''Corpo della Guardia SvizzeraPontificia''; [[French phrasebook|French]]: ''Garde Suisse Pontificale''; [[German phrasebook|German]]: ''Päpstliche Schweizergarde''; Latin: ''Pontificia Cohors Helvetica'') Swiss Papal Guards are posted at entrances to is tasked with protecting the Vatican City to provide security and protect the PopePontiff himself. They wear very colourful clothing, similar to the uniforms worn by Renaissance -era soldiers; winter palette of clothing differs from summer palette. In contrast Contrary to popular belief, the Michelangelo did not design of the Papal Guard Guards' uniforms was modeled after the colors - rather, they were created by one of the Medici family (4 of whom were popes)Guard's commanders, Jules Repond, not from Michaelangeloin the 19th century. The Pontifical Swiss Guards Guard is also the smallest and oldest standing army in the world , founded in 1506 by the "warrior pope Pope" Julius II (the same pope 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; the Popes, as well as a lot of European rulers, regularly imported employed Swiss mercenaries since the 1400s15th century. Said Swiss mercenaries were a major "export " of Switzerland (before they started making watchesdecided in 1515 not to be involved in military conflicts anymore) and turned particularly useful during the Sack of Rome of 1527.
===St . Peter's Basilica===
[[Image:Basilica_Dome.JPG|thumb|250px|leftright|''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 designed dome ) has an awe-inspiring interior. This place is huge, but everything is in such proportion that the scale escapes you. To give you a comparison, you can fit the [[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.
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 []*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 designed by two different architects, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The '''obelisk''' in the middle of the square was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 AC.DE. by the Emperor Gaius Caligula to mark the spine of a circus eventually completed by the Emperor Nero. The so-called Circus of Nero was parallel to and to the south of the east-west axis of the current Basilicabasilica. It was in this circus that St. Peter was killed crucified in the first official persecutions of Christians undertaken by Nero beginning in 64 AC.DE. and continuing until his death in 67 AC.DE. The original location of the obelisk is marked with a plaque located near the sacristy on the south side of the Basilicabasilica, where it remained until it was moved in 1586 AC.DE. by Pope Sixtus V to its present location.
During the Middle Ages, the '''bronze ball on top of the obelisk''' was believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar. When it was relocated, to the present reliquary, the Chigi Star in honor honour of Pope Alexander VII, was added , containing pieces of the True Cross. This is the only obelisk in Rome that never toppled since it was placed in ancient Rome and is the second largest Egyptian obelisk after the Lateran obelisk. This celebrated obelisk nearly shattered while it was being moved. Upon orders of the pope, no one was to speak a word otherwise he would be excommunicated. However, a sailor shouted to water the ropes to prevent them from burning. He was forgiven and in gratitude for saving the day, the palms for Palm Sunday still come from the sailor's home town of Bordighera. The moving of this obelisk was celebrated in engravings during its time to commemorate the Renaissance's recovery and mastery of ancient knowledge.
===The Vatican MuseumMuseums===<see name="The Vatican MuseumMuseums" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Sat M-Sa 09:00-18:00(last tickets at 16:00). Closed on Sundays Su except last Sunday Su of the monthmo; when it is free, crowded, and open 909:00AM00-214:00PM00. The museum is closed for holidays on: January 1 1 &amp; 6Jan, February 11Feb, March 19Mar, April 4 &amp; 5Apr, 1 May 1 , June 29Jun, August 14 &amp; 15Aug, November 1Nov, and December 8, 25, &amp; 26.Dec" price="Visitors: €15€17, Concessions: €8.00" 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 famous for with Michelangelo's frescosfrescoes. It's organized so you 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.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Double Spiral Staircase, exit of Vatican Museum]]
You can get to the Vatican Museum Museums by taking Metro Line line '''A ''' (direction : "Battistini station ") 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, busses buses #32, #81 and #982 and , along with tram line #19 , stop on Piazza piazza del Risorgimento (5 minutes walk), busses ; buses #492 and #990 stop at Vila via Leone IV/Via and via degli Scipioni , respectively (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 []. 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 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.
* <see name="Castel Sant'Angelo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="09.:00 to -19.00, last entry at 18.:30, closed on MondaysMs" price="Euros 8,€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 medieval 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 ; 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="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax=""> 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>.
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: []. 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: [http] * <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/" 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>
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'') []. 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="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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, 4.5-6 eur. Very cheap</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>
* <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="" 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="" 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.
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.
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 ===
* <sleep name="Rome Angel Hotel" alt="" address="via Marianna Dionigi, 16" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Two-star Hotel near Castel Sant'Angelo with easy access to public transport.</sleep> *<sleep name="Armony Suites B&amp;B" alt="" address="via Orazio, 3" directions="" phone="+39 6 97841129" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80" lat="41.90846," long="12.46590" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 97841129">Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, all with private bathroom and super-equipped with every comfort.</sleep> * <sleep name="B&B Eldorado" alt="" address="via Fabio Massimo, 72" directions="" phone="+39 329 0707988" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double €50/100" priceextra="Breakfast included. 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="Best BB" alt="" address="Via via Francesco Sivori , 14" directions="a few meteres metres from the Vatican Museums" phone="+39 3894330366 " url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €25" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The entire bed & breakfast is inspired by the world of video games and in particular the 8-bit world.</sleep>
*''' B&B Eldorado Rome''' – Via Fabio Massimo<sleep name="Casa Frida" alt="" address="via Angelo Emo, 72 [97" phone="+39 339 2768290" url="http://www.bbeldoradoromacasafrida.comit/]" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €70 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]. Telephone +39 329 0707988. Bed it" fax="">Holiday House next to the Vatican and Breakfast with 5 double bedrooms. Three with private bath, two with a shared one. Breakfast included. Rates change according to the seasonMetro Line A. Double: €50</100. sleep>
* <sleep name="Casa Frida" alt="" address="'''Guest House Chester Suites Rome''' – Via EmoCola di Rienzo, 97" phone="+39 339 2768290" url="265 - 00192 Rome, Italy [http://www.casafridachestersuites.itcom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €70 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]].it" fax="">Holiday House next to Telefono +39 320 655 6797 • Only five rooms with all the Vatican services necessary. Private bathroom with hydro massage shower, air conditioning, TV, and wi-fi and the Metro Line breakfast included. Rates: Single N/A; Double €104-€152.</sleep>
* '''<sleep name="Excel St . Peter Hotel''' [], Via " alt="" address="via Catone, 34. Telephone " directions="" phone="+39 06 39735082, " lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax ="+39 06 6 39754358" url="http://www." 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. Singles €32, double €39. </sleep>
* <sleep name="LtRoomsHotel Colors" alt="" address="Via Moriccavia Boezio, 531" directions="a few steps from the Metro Line A" phone="+39 338 42801896 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 6 6867947" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From € 50 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]>Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City and the St. Peter's, able to host any kind of clientele, either family and young" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel ColorsLtRooms" alt="" address=" Via Boeziovia Umberto Moricca, 315" directions="a few steps from the Baldo degli Ubaldi stop of Metro line A" phone="+ 39 06 6874030" email="" fax="+ 39 06 6867947338 4280189" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €50" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation placed next to the Vatican City and the Saint Peter Basilica, able to host any kind of clientele, either family and young travelers.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Il Castelletto HotelMaison Vaticana" alt="" address=Via dei Carraresi 27 /29"via Ottaviano, 42" directions="Nearest metro station is Cornelia on Line A" phone="+39 6 39728070" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 233249447" url="http://www.ilcastellettomaisonvaticana.eucom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €20Double bedrooms €85">In a villa of the early 9th centuryComfortable bed and breakfast with single, on the famous Aurelia antica, recently rebuilt. A small hoteldouble, not so far from the centre triple and famous tourist attractions. It has a pleasant atmosphere and each room has a TVquadruple guestrooms with private bathroom, air conditioningwi-fi connection, telephone with direct line satellite TV and tea and internet coffee facilities. Parking is available for guests in the garden of the hotel and there are other parking options nearby.</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="" 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> * ''Maison Vaticana 'The Bridge Suites Rome ''' - Via Magenta, 39 - Cap 00185 Rome. Phone +39 320 6556797 • Mobile +39 320 6556797 4251. [http://www.maisonvaticanathebridgesuites.comit/]. Single, double, Via Ottavianotriple and family rooms with private en-suites bath, shower, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and breakfast included. Single room: Euros 42. Telephone Double: Euros 46.  * <sleep name="Vatican Station Rome" alt="" address="via Vito Artale, 6" directions="" phone="+39 06 39728070 • Fax +39 06 2332494476 45664168" url="" 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 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). Comfortable All the rooms are air conditioned, paved in marble, have a comfortable bed queen-size with latex mattress and breakfast a separate private bathroom equipped with single: big shower, doublehairdryer, triple towels and quadruple guestrooms soap set.</sleep> * <sleep name="Vatican Santamaura 39" alt="" address="via Santamaura, 39" directions="" phone="+39 0687768950" url="" 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="">Holiday house in central Rome with private bathroom, wifast Internet Wi-fi connectionFi, satellite TV flat Tv and tea use of kitchen. The accommodation is located beside the Vatican Museums and coffee facilitiesat m. Double bedrooms €85300 far from the Metro A - Ottaviano.</sleep>
=== Mid range ===
* <sleep name="Amor Bed &amp; Breakfast" alt="" address="Viale viale Giulio Cesare, 183" directions="" phone="(+39) 335 5689388" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 [] 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="" 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="" checkin="14:00" checkout="11:00" price="From €120€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="Filomena e Francesca B&amp;BFranklin Feel The Sound Hotel" alt="F&F" address="Via della Giulianavia Rodi, 7229" directions="" phone="(+39) 06 375136256 39030165" urlemail="http://www[email protected]" fax="+39 6 39751652" checkin="" checkout="" price="Prices from €40 x person x night€119-189" laturl="41" long="12>Hotel with a unique music theme.4538794" email="[email protected]The decor is very modern and" fax="">Bed Staff was helpful friendly and polite, continental breakfast is varied and Breakfastplentiful. Three 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="" address="Via Flaminia Vecchiaviale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 484107" directions="" phone="(+39) 06 99344539 (6 58333405" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39) 392 94595876 58179434" url="" 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="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €64€140">Three colourful rooms are rented out 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=" 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €120 pp€70/90" laturl="" long"gb">NewLocated one block from the entrance to Vatican City, modern B&Bthis independent bed and breakfast is clean and cozy. Private bathrooms, LCD TVs with DVD playersFree 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="[">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 [<sleep name="Mocenigo Vatican Suites" alt="" address="via Mocenigo, 16" directions="" phone="+39 3383823606" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="]. Telephone +39 06 58333405 • Fax +39 06 58179434. Four star accommodation with twincom" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00" price="From €75">Opened in February 2009, double with jacuzzi, triple and dus (double for single use). All with private bath and shower. Swimming pool, a private garden and a fantastic panoramic view of Rome. Single €140, double €170this seven room guest house is only 100 m from the main entrance to the Vatican 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. [" 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 - 00195 Rome, Italy [http://www.hoteljoliromafranklinhotelrome.comit/]. Telephone +39 06 324 1854 3903 0165 • Fax +39 06 360066373975 1652. 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 have private bath. Breakfast breakfast included. Singles €99, doubles €109Rates: Single €76-95; Double €86-€130.
* <sleep name="Leone '''La Dimora dei Sogni B&B" alt="" address="Rome''' - Via Leone IVPremuda, 109" directions="" email="[email protected]3, 00198 Rome," phone="+39 338 6112656" fax="+00 39 6 3203663" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70/90" url=" [">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. Less than two blocks from the metro stationAlso available rooms with private bath. Free breakfastRates: Double rooms Euros 70, Triple Euros 80.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mocenigo Vatican SuitesPapa Vista Relais" alt="" address="Via Mocenigovia Tunisi, 163" directions="" phone="+39 33838236066 65420553" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="2 p.m." checkout="10 a.m." price="From €75€80">Opened in February 2009, this seven room guest house is 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="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80€45/person" url="">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="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €45€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. Minutes away from Lepanto Metro stationcity centre.</sleep>
* '''<sleep name="Residenza dei Gracchi Rome''' – Via " alt="" address="via dei Gracchi, 84. [" directions="" phone="+39 6 320 8226" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="]. Telephone +39 06 320 8226. " checkin="" checkout="" price="Double room from €80-180">Cosy guest house with single, double and family rooms. All with Wi-Fi, flat TV, private bath, shower, air conditioning and cleaning services. Rates for a double room from €80 to 180. </sleep>
* '''Silla Rinascimento Hotel Rome''' – Via Silla 3del Pellegrino, 122, 00186 Rome, Italy. [http://www.hotelsillaromahotelrinascimento.itcom/]. Telephone +39 06 3721922 .675191 • Fax +39 06 3721922. Two star hotel with single, double, triple 6794496. Bedrooms and quadruple rooms. All suites with en-suite private bath, shower, telephone and living room, satellite flat TV. Air conditioning , Wi-Fi and breakfast are available for a little supplementtelephone. The prices change according to the seasonDouble rooms: 120 Euros. Single room from €70 to 110. Double from €85 to 150. Triple from €120 to 175: 87 Euros. Quadruple from €140 to 200Breakfast 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="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €80" lat="41.90846," long="12.46590" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 06 97841129/190">Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, all with private bathroom comfortable and super-equipped with every comfortfriendly guest house.</sleep>
*<sleep name="RomeRentalPointSilla Hotel" alt="" address="Via Vespasiano 24via Silla, 3" directions="" phone="+39 34014790116 3721922" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="+39 6 3721922" url="http://www.romerentalpointhotelsillaroma.comit/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €150Single from €70-110, double from €85-150, triple from €120-175, quadruple from €140-200" lat="41>Two-star hotel with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms.907072All with en-suite private bath, shower," long="12telephone and TV.456699" email="[email protected]Air conditioning and breakfast are available for a little" fax="">A selected choice of apartments in city centreThe prices change according to the season.</sleep>
=== Splurge ===
* '''Alimandi Vaticano Rome''' – Viale Vaticano, 99, 00165 Roma, Italy [] 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="" 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="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€120-240" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 39721047">A small 3 star hotel. The rooms, a bit small, are comfortable and quiet. Great breakfast, wonderful service (maids and reception). The hotel staff speaks pretty good English.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel Isa" address="via Cicerone, 39" phone="+39 6 3212610" email="[email protected]" fax="+39 6 3212610" price="€100-400" url=""></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.
'''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.
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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