Vatican City
Vatican City
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The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • Broxy24
    Brundall, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    We booked the guided tour with skip the line through Get Your Guide and we were really glad we did! The queue to get in was huge! Our tour guide was friendly and welcoming, and so knowledgeable about the Vatican. A highly enjoyable morning. It was very crowded but that's to be expected. Definitely a must visit if you're heading to Rome. Don't forget to dress modestly - they were handing out covers for shoulders and knees.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut4,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What an amazing place this is. Literally. The smallest country in the world but what an amazing experience. We took the tour of the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It took us about 4-5 hours to see it all but we could have easily stayed for another few hours. The art and spiritually of the place was without compare. I highly recommend a visit if you visit Rome.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Travellover0773
    Singapore, Singapore147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    Ensure that you go early to avoid the queue. It also gives you the advantage of taking nice photos without the crowd. I bought the package which inclusive of breakfast in Vatican itself, which was a nice experience. Just need to ensure you go in through the correct door. Overall, I had a great time exploring the place. In fact, I came twice. Just by sitting around admiring the architecture was a pleasing moment
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Attenzione Attrazione
    Florence, Italy160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in Rome, visit it, if you have time !
    First and foremost, whether you are interested in this subject or not, you should go at least once in your life. There is no admission fee or identification required to enter one of the world's smallest states. There is no shade, except under the pillows surrounding the Vatican. And if you want to visit the garden and the most famous celling in the world, which is located in the Sistine Chapel, you must purchase a ticket in advance and be prepared to wait in line on the Sun (it can be extremely long, a couple hundred meters). Water and souvenirs are twice as expensive as in nearby shops in the center of Rome. (A small bottle of water costs 2 euros, and magnets cost between 2 and 4 euros). Food and coffee can be up to 10x times more expensive than 100m away and closer to the center of Rome. You cannot go with your car or bike, you must either go by foot or by bus to some point and then by foot. And Yes, you should visit it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • EJM
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place - book a tour for a better experience
    We booked a skip the line breakfast tour through Headout and so glad we did! The breakfast part was vile - but we had seen reviews so knew not to expect haute cuisine. Pourable scrambled eggs and cold potato wedges anyone? The best option to see the Vatican is to do an early skip the line. It’s still very busy but at least you won’t have a 3 hour wait to get in. The beauty of the place outweighs the crowds, it is breathtaking. Having a guide helped to fill in the background to what we were seeing, and our guide Sabrina was brilliant. The Sistine Chapel is very much a conveyor belt - quick look and move on - but the rest of the museums tour makes up for that. It’s impossible to see everything as it’s too vast, but we had a great time just the same.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • sashakeena
    Vancouver, Canada11,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience!
    We went with City Wonder Tours for our tour through the Vatican City. It was a good choice for us as we skipped the line & able to see all of the historic artifacts. Weather was still warm in last week of September so stay hydrated.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • jo
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing.
    Amazing trip and it's an incredibly unique place to visit. If you want to visit the Vatican I would recommend pre booking a skip the line tour. The only thing we missed out on was climbing up the basilica, which we did not hear about until there.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit site
    There are three big sites to visit in Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit all three as its amazing. Avoid the tour with the lunch as it is poor. We only purchased the visit with lunch as its was all I could find as far as skip the line tickets.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Harriet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Such a great day to the Vatican City. It is so interesting. We had a guided tour of the gardens and the hallway down to the Sistine chapel, which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking a tour in advance as the queue was so long and we were able to walk straight in. Also the tour guides are so knowledgeable!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,790 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smallest country!
    It is a must while you are in rome. There are many busy places to visit, the museum, the sistine chappel, the square and st Paul basilica. Yiu will be searched like an airport in order to get inside the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
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The man
India30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It was one of the best places I've ever been. The only fault of the place was the heat. I am very happy about the holiday. The pool was good.
Written 3 June 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
Vatican City (Holy See) is an independent nation of 49 hectares surrounded by the city of Rome. It is also home of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, two of the most popular sightseeing attractions in all of Italy. Both are very crowded with many thousands of daily visitors, meaning it is best to know opening hours and have a plan in mind for your visits, each of which can take a significant amount of time.

Entry to the Vatican Museum now start at €20 per person for general admission and are based on time slots. Various combo tickets and guided tours will cost you a bit more. It is recommended to book well in advance to ensure you secure tickets on the day you intend/plan to visit. Entry to St. Peter's Basilica is free but queues to clear security quickly extend all the way across Piazza San Pietro and take quite a while to clear before being able to enter.

Both attractions have good websites with plenty of information related to collections and highlights, best to research in advance so you know what to look for and how to allocate your time, especially within the Vatican Museums, which has a lot to see. A leisurely visit within St. Peter's can easily last an hour or more while the Vatican can quickly take up 2-3+ hours if you plan to view all of the important collections, exhibition halls in addition to highlights like the Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms and Sistine Chapel. Having a game plan in mind prior to your visit can greatly help in maximising your time sightseeing around Vatican City.

Lastly, best to allow another half hour just to see and enjoy St. Peter's Square and another 45 minutes to an hour to make way to/from Vatican City depending on your mode of transportation. Octavian is the nearest Metro station, taxis and Uber can get you fairly close while many may chose to simply walk over from the city centre side of the Tiber River, enjoying other sightseeing along the way.
Written 1 June 2024
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Vc W
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Free , stairs going up and down outside. Loads people about. Going through was like a stampede at a football match. People pushing in etc beautiful once inside.
Cover up or you'll end up with a decorator material jacket or trousers..no flesh on show...respectable clothing only.
Written 30 May 2024
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Rebecca R
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The art and architecture are stunning. However, the crowds, poor crowd control, pushy people and screaming children ( why would anyone bring a toddler here?) make it impossible to actually appreciate the art. In addition, room after room of priceless pieces make it almost anti climatic when you finally arrive at the sistine chapel. Here, we were herded into the room with hundreds of people and it truly was almost impossible to look up at the art.

The area the Vatican is located in is surprisingly dirty, trash everywhere. And don't bother mailing postcards from the Vatican. We bought special postage along with post cards to send to the states and none of the 4 cards we sent were received.
I was told it is a "once in a lifetime" thing to visit the Vatican, and it truly is. I would never plan to return.
Written 29 May 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
How to get to the smallest state on the planet? It's easy, you say. After all, on St. Peter's Square. There is no barrier or fence here. You've taken a step, and you're already in the Vatican. However, the Piazza San Pietro, the cathedral and the Vatican museums are limited to the accessible territory of the smallest and, by the way, the most militarized state in the world. After all, Swiss Guards make up 18% of the country's population. More than in North Korea! The rest of the territory is surrounded by a fence. You can also sign up for a two-hour tour of the Vatican Gardens. But remembering North Korea again, the order will be like there. The guide is responsible for each member of the group whom he brought to the territory. Stragglers from the group will be searched with the police, and the group will wait at the exit until they find you. The only chance to see the Vatican is to climb the dome of St. Peter's Cathedral and look at the whole country from it. The Vatican Railway Station, from which almost no one ever leaves, the Palace of the Governorship, the Ethiopian College of the Pontiff, Vatican Radio, the institutes of the Augustinian Order- Convention, library, archive, General Curia and the Augustinian Institute of Patristics, the villa of Pius IV and the statue of the Apostle Peter. Well, finally, take a look at Piazza San Pietro, which looks either like a key to the door, or like the open arms of the Catholic Church. Which it's time to slip out of...
Written 13 May 2024
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Welli D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We used “What as life tours “ for our tour today 3rd of May 2024 it was great tour and the tour leader Adriano was superb. His knowledge was amazing and we learned so much information about this city. Words can’t explain how amaze this building and history.
Written 3 May 2024
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Steve D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The tour guide was outstanding. She explained everything so well. I would highly recommend her and the entire experience
Written 30 April 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It is a must while you are in rome.
There are many busy places to visit, the museum, the sistine chappel, the square and st Paul basilica. Yiu will be searched like an airport in order to get inside the city.
Written 21 April 2024
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Harriet
Nottingham, UK405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a great day to the Vatican City. It is so interesting. We had a guided tour of the gardens and the hallway down to the Sistine chapel, which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking a tour in advance as the queue was so long and we were able to walk straight in. Also the tour guides are so knowledgeable!
Written 10 April 2024
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Az & Gabbs Attree
Yealmpton, UK190 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The area for the Vatican City is not an area that we would recommend. Despite the draw to the museum, square chapel and basilica which are beautiful in themselves - the area is run down, dirty and full of rubbish on the streets. It was a shame and not at all what we were expecting.
Written 29 March 2024
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