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    • Vatican City in relation to Rome

      Vatican City Sep 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Hey everyone. How accessible is the rest of Rome from the Vatican City? I'm thinking of booking a long weekend there for my girlfriend and I and would quite like to combine both locations. For example, how easy would it be to travel from a given hotel in (or near) the Vatican to the Colosseum in Rome/Rome city centre? Forgive my geographical ignorance, I have never been to Rome before or Italy for that matter. We are both Catholics so I would really like to see as much of Vatican City as possible and I would also like to make it a romantic trip and see Rome from that perspective. Your help and advice is greatly appreciated!
      Thanks and God bless :)

      18 Answers Sep 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM
    • Pisau Mary

      Vatican City Aug 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Where can I buy a statue of Pisau Mary - Mary carrying the body of Jesus after he was crucified?

      1 Answer Aug 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM
    • Bus to Vatican City

      Vatican City Jul 29, 2014 at 4:42 AM

      We are staying near the Colesseum in Rome. What bus would we take to the Vatican City? Our tour is at 9 a.m. & would like an estimate of how much time we should allow for the trip & finding our group. Thanks so much for all your help-fantastic site!

      6 Answers Jul 29, 2014 at 7:46 AM
    • dress code

      Vatican City Jul 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      is there a dress code to get into the Vatican?

      8 Answers Jul 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM
    • Vatican Tour

      Vatican City Jun 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Suggestions for great tours of the Vatican? Am learning toward one that lets you in to the Sistine Chapel a hour early.
      Also, what is the procedure for visiting the tomb of St. Peter? I didn't see that on any tours.

      1 Answer Jun 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM
    • Queuing times for the Vatican Museums

      Vatican City May 14, 2014 at 4:39 AM

      In May my wife and I will be visiting the Vatican, and while we have organised an early morning tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica, we want to finish with a visit to the museums which we will do on our own. I understand the queues can be quite long. We are looking at organising an 11am ticket on a Tuesday as we have other plans for the afternoon. My question is if I purchase tickets from the official Vatican Museums on-line site will this save much time in the queues. i.e. Is most of the queuing for people waiting to buy tickets on the day or is the main queue of people with tickets waiting to enter the museums.

      7 Answers May 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM
    • vatican tours

      Vatican City Apr 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Which Vatican tour is better: Vatican museum and st. peter's basilica? Or the same sights but from Art and Christianity perspective? We are also quite religious. thanks!

      3 Answers Apr 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM
    • rome to vatican..

      Vatican City Mar 30, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      what is the cost of the ticket from rome to vatican city by bus?

      7 Answers Mar 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM
    • Sistine Chapel

      Vatican City Feb 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Where can we find a guide to take us through the Vatican, especially the Sistine Chapel? Do we get our tickets online & then search for one?

      2 Answers Feb 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM
    • what to expect

      Vatican City Jan 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      This August I am venturing to Italy for the first time. Will be there on my 65th birthday August 15th. We will be in the country for 14 days and don't know what to expect. Such as language, food, sightseeing, nightlife etc

      8 Answers Jan 19, 2014 at 4:58 AM
    • Location and name?

      Vatican City Jan 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Restaurant immediately outside Vatican walls on left (South?) side. Large multi-course meal, advice is to allow two or three hours. Supposedly used by Vatican personnel and priests.

      3 Answers Jan 8, 2014 at 7:25 AM
    • Vatican tour

      Vatican City Dec 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Can you recommend a complete tour for the Vatican? We would prefer small group but see there are countless ones advertised.

      2 Answers Dec 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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      Easter Vigil Mass

      Vatican City Dec 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I have been so lucky as to have recieved tickets for my children and myself for Holy Saturday Mass at St Peters. From what I have read, it looks like this is an evening Mass and that is fine as it is actually our last day and evening in Rome before flying home.

      1. What I need to know is how do I find out the exact starting time for this Mass?
      2. How early before the start of the Mass should be getting in line since even though we will have tickets, I wish to ensure we get inside and perhaps even get some seats.
      3. We will be staying in a hotel near Termini and I am wondering how I find out if the subway will still be running after the Mass which maybe around midnight or slight there after?

      I am sure I will think of other questions but if anyone can help with these, I will be headed in the right direction.

      Thanks, Paul

      9 Answers Dec 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM
    • Closest main train station to Center city - Vatican area

      Vatican City Nov 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      We are traveling to Pisa on an early train and would like to go out closest to hotel. Which is closer Termini, Turburtina or Ostiense

      3 Answers Nov 23, 2013 at 1:26 AM
    • Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

      Vatican City Oct 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Anyone knows where, when and how to get tickets?

      11 Answers Oct 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
    • Travelling to and from airport to Vatican

      Vatican City Aug 29, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Can I take the bicycles on the bus or train into the Vatican

      2 Answers Aug 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM
    • Travelling to and from airport to Vatican

      Vatican City Aug 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      We are arriving at Rome's airport on the 1st of Sept. 2013. We will have bicycles with us. What is the best way to get from the airport to the Vatican?

      13 Answers Aug 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM
    • Vatican tours

      Vatican City May 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Hi,

      Is Vatican open for tourists post new pope has been selected. I am looking at visiting St Peters ('Basilica di San Pietro'), the Sistine Chapel ('Cappella Sistina') and the Vatican Museums ('Musei Vaticani').
      in July 2013.

      12 Answers May 4, 2013 at 12:59 AM
    • Easter Opening times

      Vatican City Mar 15, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      Can anyone tell me the official opening times and prices for The Vatican and Sistine Chapel over the 2013 Easter weekend please? We don't arrive in Rome until the Saturday afternoon so think we may miss them.

      5 Answers Mar 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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      How will the Papal resignation affect visitors to Rome?

      Vatican City Feb 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      For the next 30-40 days, I will conduct an experiment here at VT using the new features of the website. As you know, VT does not (yet) have a good way to communicate breaking or time-sensitive news that is important to the traveler. While VT is working on solutions, I would like to use the existing and recently added features of the website to try to follow the events in the Vatican and report how they may affect travelers to Rome in the next 30-40 days.

      To do this, I will add - hopefully daily - updates to schedules and changes in the Vatican (and Rome) that affect the typical visitor, such as changes to the hours of the Vatican Museums, changes to access to the Basilica, changes to audiences and the Angelus at noon, changes to the Necropolis and gardens tours and whatever features of the Vatican that visitors can access, as well as changes in Rome related to the conclave.

      I am posting this notice here in the Vatican City Forum, the Rome Forum, and in the Misc Forum, BUT I am adding all updates to the Comments at the bottom of the page of the Vatican City Travel Guide (Vatican City Travel Guide. If you lose this link, just do a search on Vatican City as a destination - you'll get one hit, which will be the Travel Guide for Vatican City.

      Go to the bottom of the page for the Comments. If you want to be notified of any new comments, then find the box with "Follow" to the right of "Comments" near the bottom of the page, and click it. Your Dashboard will be updated each time a new comment is added.

      Of course, you are invited to add your own comments about the changes in the Vatican about any updates that you have discovered, or to ask any questions that affect your travel plans in particular. I and the rest of the VT Community will answer them as quickly as we can.

      I expect to keep this up until a new Pope is elected and the Vatican settles back into a routine...until then, please subscribe to the Comments on the Vatican City Travel Guide, and let me (and VT) know how well this experiment works for you.

      Bill McCalpin
      Vatican City Travel Editor
      mccalpin@vtmail.com

      1 Answer Feb 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM
    • Jewelry store sold menorah pendant

      Vatican City Feb 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      My Jewish friend bought a menorah pendant about 15 years ago at a jewelry store outside the Vatican.
      It was stolen and she is desperately trying to replace it?
      Any suggestions as to what stores to contact?
      Many thanks

      5 Answers Jun 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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      visit to the Vatican - February

      Vatican City Jan 9, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      Hi,

      we are in Rome for 5 nights from the 3rd february. We are staying about 10 minutes from the colloseum so assume it is fairly easy to walk to the vatican from here.
      I know you need tickets for the museums - does the sistine chapel come under this or will we need further tickets?
      St. Peters Basilica - do we need tickets for this or is it just a case to queue - is it all clearly sign posted?
      I note that there is an audience with the Pope on Wednesdays if he is in Rome - how do you get tickets for this and is it worth it as we will be spending one day in the Vatican and I am assuming that this may take a chunk out of our visit?

      Look forward to all your responses.

      Clare

      21 Answers Jan 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM
    • Best times to visit

      Vatican City Jul 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      What is the best day and time to visit the Vatican? What is the best tour company you have used? Name of tour guides that you liked?
      We are going in September and will be in Rome Friday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Thanks!

      9 Answers Jul 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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      Vatican Railway

      Vatican City Jun 3, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      This is really a railfans question, but a Roman who uses san pietro regularly may be able to answer this.
      On google you can see a little 2 car multiple unit on the spur to the Vatican from san pietro station
      gcerc.files.wordpress.com/20...
      but this isnt a Roma suburban train. The Vatican rarely use this line now of course, but we are just interested in what this train is and if it's ever seen parked there or if this is just a freak coincidence when the helicopter was passing.

      7 Answers Feb 14, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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      Ipad in Vatican Museum?

      Vatican City May 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Hi,

      I am going to Italy and the Vatican Museum and have 2 questions about it.

      1) Has anyone taken their Ipad into the museum? Is it allowed?
      2) There are some Vatican Museum Guide apps I am thinking of downloading. Has anyone used them and, if so, how do they compare with the audio guide you can get at the museum?

      Thanks in advance.

      10 Answers May 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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      Spiral Staircase details

      Vatican City Mar 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      I'd like to photograph the spiral staircase from the top looking down (along with everyone else, I'm sure). How do I get to this staircase once I get through the front entry? I think I read it's near the exit--do you start at the top or bottom? Is there an elevator if it starts at the bottom? Once you start walking on the stairway can you go back into the Museum? (we wanted to take the door from the Sistine Chapel to St Peters so we can avoid the line from the outside).

      8 Answers Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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      Vatican/Sistine/Coliseum/Forum in 1 day

      Vatican City Mar 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      It's going to be pretty tight for time so knowing that we HAVE to visit all of these places in 1 day, I need a little more info: once we drop off our bags at 1030am at our hotel which is beside the Termini, is the metro line A the fastest way to get to the Vatican? I am going to be booking our tickets (2) on their website--is it a good idea? Do we definitely avoid the line up by pre-booking? We'll be there on the Tuesday just after Easter--any problems we might encounter? Can I take photos inside (without flash of course). After we're done, what's the fastest way to get to the Coliseum (besides walking? Mama don't walk so fast...)? The Coliseum is open later than the Vatican in April, is that right? When does the last ticket get sold for entry to the Coliseum/Forum/Palatine? I understand we might not see it all, but we've only got the one day to do it (ok maybe just the coliseum, not Palatine). Many thanks!

      16 Answers Mar 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM
    • vatican gardens

      Vatican City Jan 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      How I can book tickets for the visit of Vatican Gardens in minibus and than museums of Vatican? In thw website I find the Vatican Gardens only 2 hours by foot with guide. But I know there is a minivan for 1 hour with audioguide

      4 Answers Jan 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    • want to buy some scarves, but how

      Vatican City Nov 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      When I visited the Vatican in August I bought a bunch of scarves from the gift shop. My friends loved them, so I'm trying to buy more, but all emails to the Vatican either go unanswered or disappear.
      Does anyone know if there's an email address to the gift shop, or someone at the Vatican that can buy and ship me a bunch of scarves like the ones I bought.
      Thanks,

      4 Answers Dec 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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      Polish tours of the Vatican

      Vatican City Nov 30, 2011 at 3:03 AM

      How can I find tour guides who take Polish speaking tourists?

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM