Summer is by far the most popular time to visit Italy – the kids are out of school, making it easier to travel, and the weather in Italy is reliably warm. This presents some problems, of course, since everyone else is in the country at the same time, so when you’re thinking about your summer trip to see Vatican City it would be wise to do a bit more advance planning than you might otherwise.
Travelers taking a cruise around Italy have limited time in which to visit each port of call, so advance planning is a must. Rome especially is a challenge for cruise visitors, as the port is more than 46 miles from the city and there’s simply so much to do there that there’s no way to pack everything into one day. Let’s assume that you’ve zeroed in on Vatican City as your top priority – here’s what you need to know about visiting Vatican City from a cruise stop in Rome.
Crossing the border from Rome into the independent city-state of Vatican City doesn’t require a special ticket or passport check – which is a good thing, because when you’re looking for a place to eat in Vatican City that likely means going into nearby Roman neighborhoods. Indeed, Vatican City itself is so tiny (and so much of it is taken up by the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and St. Peter’s Basilica) that there’s very little room for a bunch of restaurants.
In all of the news coverage surrounding the 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the subsequent election of Pope Francis, you’ve probably heard plenty of papal trivia. But we’re willing to bet that some of the factoids collected below didn’t make it into the news coverage you’ve seen. How many of these papal tidbits have you heard before?
Most people would agree that a visit to Rome is not complete without spending a day seeing the sights of Vatican City. While most of us are familiar with some common bits of trivia about Vatican City, however, this tiny country offers more strange factoids than you can possibly imagine. Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Vatican City.
While most people plan their trips to Italy during the summer, more and more travelers are coming to the realization that their money goes further – and crowds are smaller – during the shoulder seasons. In Vatican City and throughout Italy, that means spring and autumn. Whereas many parts of Italy are ideal for autumn visits because of their harvest festivals, Vatican City is a great option for either shoulder season. Here’s what you can expect from a visit to Vatican City in the spring.
On March 13, the Vatican elected Pope Francis. How much do you know about the new Pope and Vatican City?
Most of the time when you’re planning a trip to Italy, trying to cram a visit to a city into one day is going to leave you wanting more. In the case of Vatican City, however, one day is all you need to see everything on a must-see list – and you won’t even be rushed.
Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced on February 11 that he would voluntarily resign as pope. But what does this announcement mean for travelers who have plans to be in Vatican City between now and Easter?
If St. Peter’s Basilica is the main draw of a trip to Vatican City, then St. Peter’s Square is the welcoming embrace inviting you in. The huge piazza in front of the enormous church is oval in shape, with long colonnaded arms extending out on either side of the Basilica. It’s a grand sight, whether viewed from the street leading toward St. Peter’s or from the church’s dome.