Small, but full of history and culture, the Vatican it is a must for anyone visiting Rome. After all, the pope’s country is less than 20 minutes away from the capital of Italy. In addition to the works of art by artists such as Michelangelo, Rafael and Bernini, the local architecture is a separate show.
As a matter of tradition, tourists need to be in “appropriate” clothes to get to know the place. So, nothing to wear slippers, shorts and skirts, tank tops or very low-cut blouses. Even though it seems like a silly detail, many people end up missing the tour for not following these “rules”.
That said, we created a mini itinerary with suggestions for tours around the Vatican and several tips on time and, of course, food 😉
Start early at museums
First of all, go to the Vatican with all the tickets purchased. This will advance your life and make you avoid queues before you even start the tours. Start the day by visiting the country’s museum complex, as it is huge and takes an average of three or four hours to get to know it completely.
To have the complete experience, the ideal would also be to hire an audio guide. Having explanations of the environments and also of the works is essential to understand the grandeur and genius of practically everything in the museum. And anyone who doesn’t speak another language can rest assured that they offer an audio version in Portuguese!
Go to the Sistine Chapel
Still talking about the Vatican museums, but now going to one of its most famous parts: the Sistine Chapel! Knowing this place without many people is almost an illusion. Especially because the chapel is one of the most popular tourist spots in Italy. Therefore, there will always be a crowd of people in the halls of the place.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take pictures of the frescoes. But, nothing prevents you from buying a simpler souvenir at the end of the tour. Oh, and the audio guide tip also applies to the Sistine Chapel 🙂
Break for lunch
After a morning walking through the museums, nothing better than a lunch break, right? Taking advantage that you will be in the region, stop by the Bonci Pizzarium. They are known for making wonderful pizzas, and with one of the best pastas we have ever tasted.
The price is per kilo and super fair, so don’t be afraid to spend too much. And, as we explained in a full post about the place, the restaurant is very close to the Vatican – about 10 minutes walk!
Saint Peter’s Square
As soon as you get back from lunch, stroll for a few minutes through the Saint Peter’s Square. In addition to being huge, it has more than 280 columns and 88 pilasters. Can you imagine? For you to have an idea of the size, some say that the square has already hosted even 300 thousand people! And, right in the center, are the obelisk and two fountains – one by Bernini and another by Maderno.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Another stopping point at the Vatican that cannot be left out of your itinerary is the St. Peter’s Basilica. Construction of the site began in 1506, but it was not until 1615 that the work was completed. Those who love art, for example, will fall in love with Michelangelo and Bernini’s paintings and sculptures.
NOTE: as we said at the beginning of the post, to visit most places in the Vatican you need to dress according to their “rules”. For that reason, go prepared! And don’t be surprised by the security scheme – they do their utmost to avoid possible terrorist attacks.
Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica
Continuing in St. Peter’s Basilica, be sure to visit the dome of the site. As much as it gets more crowded in the end of the afternoon, the view of the sunset is breathtaking. Be sure to go prepared to climb all the steps to the top, one more shell out to make part of the journey with the elevator.
Enjoying the end of the day
After so much time walking and visiting museums, enjoy the end of the day having a wine at the Makasar restaurant – or in Passaguai. The two places are super cozy and perfect for those who like a good wine.
If you’ve been to the Vatican and have other tips to share, be sure to comment here!