Christian Rome

Rome has 4 major basilicas: St. Peter, St. Paul outside the Walls, St. John in Lateran and St. Mary Major. They’re all open daily . Free admission. Other important churches: St Clement: a church on three levels. An upper church dating back to 12th century which was built over the previous basilica of the 4th which at his own turnContinue reading “Christian Rome”

The Vatican City

The Vatican is a huge area that comprises the Basilica of Saint Peter’s, the Vatican Museums , the Sistine Chapel, the Gardens , the Necropolis , the Pope’s Palace and other buildings not open to the general public. A basic tour of the Vatican including the Museums highlights, the Sistine Chapel is 3 hrs long. All toursContinue reading “The Vatican City”

Rome for kids

Though Rome is not “the” city  for kids here’s a list of suggested places. Villa Borghese an historical  and very central park that houses the Zoo, train rides,  bike rentals and the Casina di Raffaello (a museum, playground and area for exhibits. Most of the activities are in Italian). Villa Pamphily the largest city park,Continue reading “Rome for kids”

Travel tips: the Vatican city

VATICAN CITY STATE Dress code and photography If you are planning a visit there prepare yourself to go through security checks as you leave the country! (Italy) No sharp objects (pocket knives, scissors and the like). Water is allowed as long as it’s in plastic, positively no glass bottles. Restrictions for long umbrellas with tipsContinue reading “Travel tips: the Vatican city”

Vatican museums Sistine Chapel tickets

If you plan to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the busy season you may like to prepurchase tickets to avoid long lines. Normally worst days for linewise are Saturdays and Mondays since on Sundays the Vatican Museums and the Sistine chapel stay closed (except the last Sunday of the month whenContinue reading “Vatican museums Sistine Chapel tickets”