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Vatican City Travel Guide

The Vatican does need any introduction, it is the heart of Catholicism. Encircling the Vatican City state besides the nearby Roman neighborhoods of the Prati, Monte Mario and Vaticano, this little part of the city is crammed with more artwork and history than the majority of cities around the globe

Best Time To Visit Vatican City

The best time to visit the Vatican would be during April and May or September and October,At this time it’s less crowded and the days are bright and sunny.The months of July and August are hot and humid 

How To Reach Vatican City

With just 109 acres of land within its walls one can easily travel around the Vatican on foot; but then most of this area is not accessible to the tourists. The Vatican Museums and the Basilica of St. Peter are the most popular areas that are open to the tourists. And if you would like to go up to Monte Mario, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes as it is quite a climb

Tourist Attractions In Vatican City

The Vatican City festivals are held with the purpose of celebrating and getting closer to the Creator; they might be dedicated to music or art or any other theme. The majority of them are related to the arts and profits made from the events mostly go to charity or different organizations that support art. Besides art shows and concerts, Vatican City celebrates many festivals besides Christmas and Easter.

Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma

This one known as the Rome International Choral Festival in English lasts for five days bringing together several talented choral groups from all over the world. Performances are held in Saint Peter's Basilica as well as at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome.

Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra

The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art is a big event spread all over Saint Paul's Basilica, the Saint John Lateran Basilica, the Saint Mary Major Basilica as well as Saint Peter's Basilica. It happens in autumn and the Vienna Philharmonic takes part besides other groups. The event is not easy on your pocket, the lowest tickets being priced at €250 per person, but the money raised goes to an organization that is setup to preserve the sacred music heritage.

Tourist Taps: Beware of pickpockets when you move around here.

Local Customs: You have to follow a strict dress code so make sure your shoulders are covered and you wear modest clothing and not miniskirts or shorts. Women have to wear a scarf or use something to cover their heads. 

The Swiss Papal Guards are found at entrances to the Vatican City to give security and also protect the Pope. They are dressed in extremely colorful clothing, akin to the uniforms worn by soldiers of the Renaissance era; they have one set of clothing for the winter and a different one for the summer

The Vatican Museums have a good enough cafeteria kind of restaurant, a pizzeria and a bar, all of which are found to be open when the museum opens and are even open an hour after the museum closes. You can get stuff for cheaper if you do not opt for the overvalued 'sit-down' price.

 

Hotels & Restaurants In Vatican City

Budget Hotels: Choose from a wide variety of these.

 The Rome Best BB is a few meters away from the Vatican Museums and is inspired by the world of video games.

B&B Eldorado Rome is a cozy place which includes breakfast. There are three double bedrooms three of which have an attached bath and two of them share one.

The Colors Hostel is a few blocks to the north of the Vatican and has some brightly colored rooms; each floor has its own kitchen facilities which guests may utilize. Rates may vary from €15 during low season to €80 in April.

Mid range Hotels include:

The Amor Bed & Breakfast where you have to check in at noon and check out by 11am. A fashionable bed & breakfast close to the Vatican City starting from €80.  

The Atlante Star Hotel is a four star hotel which has a restaurant on the rooftop terrace looking over Saint Peters. Starts from €120.  

Filomena e Francesca B&B has three rooms each with attached bathroom as well as an air-conditioning system. Prices start from 40€ per person per night.  

Best Western Spring House: If you want to splurge on great accommodation you should go to this three star hotel. It is a quiet place and although the rooms are a little small they are comfortable. They provide a terrific breakfast and the service is just wonderful. Costs from 120€ to 240€.  

Festivals & Events In Vatican City

The Vatican City festivals are held with the purpose of celebrating and getting closer to the Creator; they might be dedicated to music or art or any other theme. The majority of them are related to the arts and profits made from the events mostly go to charity or different organizations that support art. Besides art shows and concerts, Vatican City celebrates many festivals besides Christmas and Easter.

Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma

This one known as the Rome International Choral Festival in English lasts for five days bringing together several talented choral groups from all over the world. Performances are held in Saint Peter's Basilica as well as at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome.

Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra

The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art is a big event spread all over Saint Paul's Basilica, the Saint John Lateran Basilica, the Saint Mary Major Basilica as well as Saint Peter's Basilica. It happens in autumn and the Vienna Philharmonic takes part besides other groups. The event is not easy on your pocket, the lowest tickets being priced at €250 per person, but the money raised goes to an organization that is setup to preserve the sacred music heritage.

Tourist Taps: Beware of pickpockets when you move around here.

Local Customs: You have to follow a strict dress code so make sure your shoulders are covered and you wear modest clothing and not miniskirts or shorts. Women have to wear a scarf or use something to cover their heads. 

The Swiss Papal Guards are found at entrances to the Vatican City to give security and also protect the Pope. They are dressed in extremely colorful clothing, akin to the uniforms worn by soldiers of the Renaissance era; they have one set of clothing for the winter and a different one for the summer

The Vatican Museums have a good enough cafeteria kind of restaurant, a pizzeria and a bar, all of which are found to be open when the museum opens and are even open an hour after the museum closes. You can get stuff for cheaper if you do not opt for the overvalued 'sit-down' price.

 

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