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Name: St. Peter’s Basilica
Location: Vatican City
Saint Peter's Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave which is within the city of Rome.

Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome (these equivalent titles being held by the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome), St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

Catholic tradition holds that the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, chief among Jesus's apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome (Pope). Saint Peter's tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the basilica. For this reason, many popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period. A church has stood on this site since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Old St. Peter's Basilica dates from the 4th century AD. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica
Name: Sistine Chapel
Location: Vatican City
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

During the reign of Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ, offset by papal portraits above and trompe-l'œil drapery below. These paintings were completed in 1482, and on 15 August 1483 Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel's ceiling, a project which changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. In a different climate, after the Sack of Rome, he returned and, between 1535 and 1541, painted The Last Judgment for Popes Clement VII and Paul III.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Chapel
Name: Gardens of Vatican City
Location: Vatican City
The Gardens of Vatican City are private urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the country, located in the west of the territory and owned by the Pope. There are some buildings, such as Radio Vatican and the Governor's Palace, within the gardens.

The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level. Stone walls bound the area in the North, South, and West. The gardens and parks were established during the Renaissance and Baroque era and are decorated with fountains and sculptures.

Pope Francis opened the Vatican Gardens to the public in 2014. Individuals and pre-formed groups, considered to consist of 16 or more people, may visit the Gardens with the presence of a tour guide. The gardens also enshrine 17 Marian images venerated worldwide at the designation of the Pope, who is the owner of the gardens.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardens_of_Vatican_City
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Official Languages: Italian
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time zone: CET (UTC+1) / CEST (UTC+2)
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Calling code: +379
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For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Vatican City travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

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You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Vatican City, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

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With 109 acres (44 hectares) within its walls, the Vatican is easily traveled by foot; however, most of this area is inaccessible to most tourists. The most popular areas open to tourists are the St. Peter’s Basilica and Square and the Vatican Museums.

EAT AND DRINK:

  • The Vatican 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. As you might expect, the food is a little overpriced and not exactly gourmet, but when you get hungry halfway through the museums, it does the trick. See also Rome.
  • Old Bridge. Located across the street from the Vatican City wall if you’re following it from San Pietro to the Vatican Museum. Very cheap.
  • Fruit Gelato Shop. Right across from the Vatican Museum entrance. Delicious fruit gelato with exotic fruit bits and ice creams.
  • Osteria delle Commari, Via Santamaura, 23, +39 06 3972 9557. noon-23:00 every day. A Roman italian food restaurant that does not have pizza. A little expensive.
  • Pastasciutta, Via delle Grazie, 5, +39 349 258 6793. M-Sa 10:30-18:30 Su 10:30-18:00. Quick pasta and pizza restaurant, and portions are large. Very cheap.

Prati:

  • Siciliainbocca, Via Emilio Faa di Bruno 26 (Metro line A, Cipro.), +39 06 373 584 00. Nice Sicilian restaurant in the quiet (and somewhat boring) part of northern Prati. Try the swordfish and the lemon sorbet! reasonable. Fish plate around €15, but do order some antipasti and pasta.
  • Insalata Ricca, Via Fulcieri Paulucci De’ Calboli (Near piazza Manzoni). Part of a Rome-based chain, offers good salads and other food to both tourists and locals. Cheap.
  • Be.Re, Via Vespasiano, 2, +39 06 944 218 54. 11:00-2:00 every day. Good selection of craft beers, many on tap. If you’re a beer lover, it’s definitely worth going. Some snacks too, try some Trapizzino (triangular filled pizza).

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 of Rome.

Budget:

  • 1 B&B Eldorado Rome, Via Fabio Massimo, 72, +39 329 0707988. Check-in: midnight, check-out: 10:30. Bed and Breakfast with 5 double bedrooms. Three with private bath, two with a shared one. Breakfast included. Rates change according to the season. Single: €50-100 Double: €60-140 Triple: €80-160.
  • 2 Infinity St Peter Hotel, Via Catone, 34, +39 06 39735082, fax: +39 06 39754358. With single, twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with private bath, shower, internet access, TV and telephone. From €80 (March 2019).
  • 3 LtRooms, Via Umberto Moricca, 5 (a few steps from the Metro Line A), +39 392 858 1039, info@ltrooms.com. Check-in: 10:30. From €50 per room.
  • 4 Hotel Colors, Via Boezio, 31, +39 06 6874030, fax: +39 06 6867947. Seven dorms and wide selection of bedrooms with private showers, TV and a shared kitchen for this two star accommodation next to the Vatican City. Suitable for families and young travelers.
  • 5 Franklin Feel The Sound Hotel, Via Rodi, 29, +39 06 3903 0165, fax: +39 06-39751652, franklin@franklin.it. Hotel with a unique music theme. The décor is very modern and stylish. Staff was helpful friendly and polite, continental breakfast is varied and plentiful. The rooms are clean, funky and very comfortable. From €35.
  • 6 Prati BB, Via degli Scipioni, 135, +39 06 321 1329, info@pratibb.it. A small Bed and Breakfast offering two rooms with private bathrooms and air-con. from €45.
  • 7 B&B Gli Artisti, Via degli Scipioni, 53, +39 338 207 8356. Three colourful rooms are rented out in this B&B. A little less than a kilometer from the main entrance to the Vatican. Tours of the Vatican Museums are availible here for €42. From €64.
  • 8 Filomena e Francesca B&B (Filomena e Francesca F&F), Via della Giuliana, 72, +39 06 3751 3625, info@bbfandf.com. Bed and Breakfast. Three rooms with private bathrooms and air-con. from €40.
  • 9 Mocenigo Vatican Suites, Via Mocenigo, 16, +39 338 382 3606, stay@mocenigovaticansuites.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Seven-room guesthouse 100 m from the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. From €75.

Mid-range:

  • 10 Amor Bed & Breakfast, Viale Giulio Cesare, 183, +39 335 568 9388, info@amor-bb.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 11:00. A stylish bed & breakfast near the Vatican City. From €80.
  • 11 Atlante Star Hotel, Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 34, +39 06 687 3233. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Four-star hotel with rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking Saint Peter’s. From €120.
  • 12 B&B Sistine, Via Duilio, 6, +39 335 871 4840. Rooms come with sat TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi From €120.
  • 13 Best Vatican, Via degli Scipioni, 135, +39 335 871 4840. Modern B&B. Private bathrooms, LCD TVs with DVD players. From €120.
  • 14 Hotel Joli Rome, Via Cola di Rienzo, 243, +39 06 324 1854, fax: +39 06 360 06637. Two-star accommodation located around the Vatican area with 17 bedrooms divided into single, double, triple and family. Most of the rooms have private bath. Breakfast included. €109, single €99.
  • 15 Leone B&B, Via Leone IV, 109, +39 338 611 2656, fax: +39 06 320 3663, info@leonebb.it. Three blocks from the entrance to Vatican City, this independent bed and breakfast is clean and cosy. Breakfast included. €90, single €70.
  • 16 PapavistaRelais, Via Tunisi, 3 (Metro station Cipro), +39 06 6542 0553. Guesthouse fairly close to the Vatican’s main entrance. From €80.
  • 17 Hotel Silla Rome, Via Silla 3, +39 06 372 1922, fax: +39 06 372 1922. Two star hotel with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with en suite private bath, shower, telephone and TV. Air-con and breakfast are available for a small supplement. Change seasonally: single €70-110, double €85-150, triple €120-175, quadruple €140-200.
  • 18 Maison Vaticana Rome, Via Ottaviano, 42, +39 06 39728070, fax: +39 06 233249447. Comfortable bed and breakfast with single, double, triple and quadruple guestrooms with private bathroom, Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV and tea and coffee facilities. Double bedrooms €85.
  • 19 Rome Armony Suites B&B B&B, Via Orazio, 3, +39 06 9784 1129, fax: +39 06 9784 1129, info@romearmonysuites.com. Elegant bed and breakfast. Recently refurbished, has six rooms, all with private bathroom and super-equipped with every comfort. From €80.

Splurge:

  • 20 Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House, Via Mocenigo 7, +39 06 3972-0948, fax: +39 06 39721047, hotelspringhouse@gmail.com. A small 3-star hotel with rooms that are a bit small, but comfortable and quiet. Great breakfast, wonderful service (maids and reception). €120-240.
  • 21 Gran Meliá Rome, Via del Gianicolo, 3, +39 06 925901, fax: +39 06 92590300, gran.melia.rome@melia.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. A luxury 5-star hotel with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, very quiet with a view of Vatican City. from €200.
  • 22 Hotel Alimandi Tunisi, Via Tunisi 8, +39 06 3972 3941. Nice three-star hotel, 35 bedrooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, large common area, complimentary breakfast, and terrace with panoramic view of the Roman roofs. From €140.
  • 23 Residenza dei Gracchi Rome, Via dei Gracchi, 84, +39 06 320 8226. Cosy guest house with single, double and family rooms. All with Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, private bath, shower, air-con and cleaning services. €80-180.
**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Rome/Vatican
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Name: St. Peter’s Basilica
Location: Vatican City
Saint Peter's Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave which is within the city of Rome.

Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome (these equivalent titles being held by the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome), St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

Catholic tradition holds that the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, chief among Jesus's apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome (Pope). Saint Peter's tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the basilica. For this reason, many popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period. A church has stood on this site since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Old St. Peter's Basilica dates from the 4th century AD. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica
Name: Sistine Chapel
Location: Vatican City
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

During the reign of Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ, offset by papal portraits above and trompe-l'œil drapery below. These paintings were completed in 1482, and on 15 August 1483 Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel's ceiling, a project which changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. In a different climate, after the Sack of Rome, he returned and, between 1535 and 1541, painted The Last Judgment for Popes Clement VII and Paul III.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Chapel
Name: Gardens of Vatican City
Location: Vatican City
The Gardens of Vatican City are private urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the country, located in the west of the territory and owned by the Pope. There are some buildings, such as Radio Vatican and the Governor's Palace, within the gardens.

The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level. Stone walls bound the area in the North, South, and West. The gardens and parks were established during the Renaissance and Baroque era and are decorated with fountains and sculptures.

Pope Francis opened the Vatican Gardens to the public in 2014. Individuals and pre-formed groups, considered to consist of 16 or more people, may visit the Gardens with the presence of a tour guide. The gardens also enshrine 17 Marian images venerated worldwide at the designation of the Pope, who is the owner of the gardens.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardens_of_Vatican_City
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