Vatican City Journals

Vatican City for the non-Catholic

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A July 2000 trip to Vatican City by Europe_lover

Quote: Even if you aren't Catholic, visiting Vatican City can be a spiritual experience. The Vatican Museum might be the best museum in all of Europe and the grandeur of San Pietro is overwhelming. It is a must see and plan on spending 8 hours there.

Vatican City for the non-Catholic

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Overview

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The Vatican Museum is incredible. It not only has the Sistine Chapel but thousands of other pieces. Even the fastest person couldn't get through in less than 2 hours. I recommend budgeting 3-5 hours to see it. San Pietro is incredible. Michelangelo's Pieta (behind bullet-proof glass), Bernini's seven-story high altar, Michelangelo's dome and the view from the roof. San Pietro's piazza is a deserving front to this massive church. The Collumnade that aligns perfectly at two different spots and the Obelisque from Egypt is huge, but overshadowed compared to the immensity of the city.Quick Tips: The Museum is only open Mon-Sat from 9am until 2pm. The entrance fee is 18,000 li...Read More

Oak N' Spruce

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Hotel | "Pensione Ottaviano"

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Vatican City has no tourist accommodations. The surrounding area of Rome has a few. Some places are really nice, but our budget didn't allow us to stay there. We stayed at the Pensione Ottaviano about 10 blocks from Vatican City (Linea B:Ottaviano). For $15 a night in a dorm setting it was fine. No meals are served and they provide a lockbox for anything valuable. Although, why you wouldn't keep all your valuables in your moneybelt is beyond me. Overall a nice place with travelers from all over so you will have a chance to experience some other cultures while being absorbed by Italian culture. Another great hostel in Rome is the Beehive. It isn't near Vatican City, however. You ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2000

Oak N' Spruce
190 Meadow Street
Lee, Massachusetts 01238
(413) 243-3500

Open Air Market

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Story/Tip

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My wife and I were on a very strict budget so we often skipped many of the places to eat right outside of the Vatican walls. Many catered to tourists which usually means high prices and low quality food. Any place that says 'We accept credit cards' or 'Engish spoken' is probably a waste of your money.Vatican City itself offers no dining options.My wife and I found the market on Via Andrea Doria prior to visiting the Vatican Museum. It was an open air market and had plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and some meats. We grabbed some bread and sandwich options and a carton of juice from the nearby Meta supermarket for our lunch that day....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Vatican Museums

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Attraction | "Vatican Museum"

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Admission=18,000L The hours are M-F 8:45-16:30 and Sat 8:45-13:45. Last entrance: 45 minutes prior to closing. Mondays are especially big days for tour groups to hit the museum. We were there on a Monday morning at 8:30 and waited 1 hour. On Tuesday some fellow travelers went and had no wait at 9:00. More info can be found at www.vatican.va This is probably the most incredible museum I've ever seen. It is filled with everything from Egyptian artifacts to Rennaissance art. It has a very simple one-way system to move the thousands of daily visitors through in an organized manner. Most people visit to see the Sistine Chapel, but to rush to it would be a HUGE mistake! The quickest option w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2000

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

St. Peter's Basilica

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Attraction | "San Pietro Basilica"

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WOW! That is the only words to describe this massive structure. San Pietro (St. Peter's) is enormous, but built so that it doesn't seem so huge. It has a 14 story dome, but a 7 story altar so that the ceiling doesn't appear so high. The letters around the base of the dome are 6 FEET tall. Each pillar has two statues: The lower one is 15 foot tall and the 2nd (further up the pillar) is 21 feet tall. This gives the illusion they are the same size. San Pietro has markings on the floor indicating where other churches would be if they were put inside it. It has the purple stone that Charlesmagne was crowned on. It has the Pieta (pity) created by Michelangelo that has his name across ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City, Rome 00193
+39 0669883462

Vatican City in 2000

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Story/Tip

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The Pope called 2000 A.D. a Jubilee Year and many improvements were made to ensure that the thousands of pilgrims would be taken care of. Hundreds of volunteers in blue vests are willing to point you anywhere. Not all speak English so be prepared to be tossed between a few before you get your question answered. The Jubilee door on San Pietro is open and you can walk through it. It will be closed at the end of the year and will stay that way for another 25 years. Even with all the pilgrims trying to see the Pope, who shortened his traditional summer-long vacation to give mass and entertain pilgrims, Vatican City has done a marvelous job moving people around. It will be crowded, bu...Read More

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