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20 tips on Visiting the Vatican

doorway thumbnail The Vatican The Vatican Museums – Musei Vaticani – are among the greatest museums in the world. The site is actually a collection of museums, all inter-connected. Visiting the Vatican is an incredible experience… but if you’re not prepared it can be overwhelming, exhausting, and even frustrating. The following twenty tips are based on my 100+ experiences in the Museums and will help you better enjoy your visit. Read more…


The Vatican Dress Code

Signage dress code The Vatican Many people wait in extended lines to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. If you’ve been there, you have seen lines that perhaps stretch all around the famous St. Peter’s Square. What could be more frustrating than to wait in this line – in the hot Roman sun – and then be denied entry because you are not clothed properly? Read more…


The Scavi Tour – Under St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican Scavi 1 The Vatican When visitors walk through St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica, few realize they are walking above an underground city. Rome is built layer-upon-layer and you only have to go down a few feet to discover centuries-old treasures. What’s exciting is that you can go underground and see these historic ruins… and see the tomb of St. Peter. The visit to the underground passageways below St. Peter’s basilica is called the Scavi Tour. Read more…




The Vatican Museums – Should I Pre-Book Tickets?

Line thumbnail2 The Vatican No doubt one of the most hotly debated topics on any Rome travel board is the question: Do I pay extra and purchase a “skip-the-line” ticket or do I chance it and wait in line to get into the Vatican Museum? If you’re aware of the line patterns you may not need the “skip the line” feature… it’s all a matter of timing! To get some information on whether you may need to purchase skip-the-line tickets, Read more…


Easter at the Vatican

Vatican Easter Mass smaller The Vatican We had friends visiting from the States and they really wanted to go to St. Peter’s for Easter Mass. The service starts at 10:30 AM so we arrived about an hour early. Unfortunately since this was not planned, we had no tickets. Living in Italy… we just walked in. As a result we got seats that were about 6 rows from the railing. For some photos of our experience, Read more…


Purchasing Skip-the-Line Tickets from the Vatican Online

600px Raffael 078 smaller The Vatican Due to compressed schedules, the only way many folks get into the Vatican Museums is to “skip the line.” For the past few years the Vatican Museums have sold these “skip-the-line” tickets online. The following is a step-by-step tutorial on buying the least expensive skip-the-line tickets and using them! To see how, Read more…




Best Accommodations in the Prati-Vatican Area

st. peters audience hotels The Vatican I guess I have a soft spot for the Vatican and Prati area. We lived in an apartment for 2+ years on Via Candia, about one block from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The shops, cafes, restaurants, internet stores, markets, bus and metro stops all became familiar friends. We found the location quiet and less touristy in the evenings than the centro part of town. And with the many bus and metro connections we easily could get downtown. Read more…


What to Pre-Book in Rome

Vatican Museums smaller The Vatican For travelers coming to Rome, “Should you or should you not pre-book sites or transportation for a vacation in Rome?” Also – What must you pre-book; What should you pre-book; What could you pre-book? And What sites/services would you never pre-book? Certainly these are all personal choices, but to get get some insight into the many options available, Read more…


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