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    B Brey Benjamin
    5 Aug 28, 2012

    Obviously this is a world famous tourist destination where the only "experts" actually reside in the Vatican grounds, which are off limits to outsiders. The areas made available for visitors is Saint Peter's Cathedral, which I suggest climbing to the top of the basilica - I did it over a decade ago and still vividly remember it, and the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is not open all the time though so definitely check the calendar when you are planning so that you don't get there and find that its closed on the day you planned to go as this is one of the most amazing things you will ever see in your life.

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    Clayton Liggitt
    4 Aug 28, 2012

    The main point of Vatican City is to see the Vatican itself, a pretty magnificent cathedral. Climbing to the top is over 700 stairs, but well worth it for a great view of Rome. The Vatican museum is also a place to get lost in. Sure, there's the Sistine chapel, but there are also many exhibits of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art

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    Rachel Parrott
    4 Aug 03, 2012

    The buildings are beautiful, and the museum is easy to get lost in, both figuratively and literally. Plus, it's really interesting to see the religious in all their different habits or modes of dress.

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    Christopher Howard
    5 Jul 20, 2012

    Maybe not a five star for some. However, I got a behind the scenes tour from a priest who was a mentee of Pope John Paul.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    A visit to Vatican City is a MUST, at least once in your travels to Rome. You will see people from all over the world roaming the streets and buildings within. We recommend signing up for a tour of the Vatican. Then, go back another time to visit at your own pace.

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    Arik Galansky
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    It is possible to see the Vatican in a day, but this day must be planned well and executed to the smallest detail.
    The line in the Vatican can be huge both to the museums and the basilica so avoiding it is the major target in your planning.
    Here is my reciept:
    * You can't pre-order tickets to the basilica so at 8:30 you are in the line to the basilica. If you actually come at 8:30 the line will be very small - not more than 5 minutes. if you come at 9 it just might be a half hour - it grows fast!
    * If your want to see the gardens pre-order a tour online. You can't travel the gardens without a tour (and it's expensive).
    * You should pre-order a ticket to the museums for a reasonable time to let you see the basilica and possibly gardens. notice that it's a 15 minute walk to the museums entrance and you will see a long line around the Vatican wall. You will skip that line and show your pre-ordered tickets in the entrance. Now you have a lot of time left to enjoy the museums and Sistine Chapel.

    IMPORTANT: Notice the working hours of the museums and basilica and all that. for example on Sunday they are different than other days. You don't want to come to the museums, which are amazing, and find out you have half an hour left.

    IMPORTANT 2: Dress appropriately. If you don't cover your shoulders or knees you will probably be asked to leave by one of the guards.

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    Darlene Hirschhorn
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Vatican City is well worth the time and money. Do go on the guided tour and book it online in advance. This way you go to the front of the line with your pre-paid reservation and have more time to enjoy inside the museum. On the day we went we by-passed a line that was at least 1/4 of a mile long waiting to get in! Also, please abide by the rules, ie, no photographs in the Sistine Chapel although people around you will be taking them. Why people don't understand they may be contributing to the destruction of an irreplaceable treasure is beyond me. Buy a postcard instead. And on the way out, if you're tired and hungry, the first pizza/gelatto place between the exit and the underground/train is awesome!!! We had the best margarita pizza Ihave ever tasted. You can't miss it, they'll be calling out to you to sit at their tables. Going to the Vatican was a wonderful, not to be missed, experience and one of our highlights in Rome.

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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Religious or not, one cannot deny the importance of Vatican City. As a physical manifestation of the power of humanity's beliefs, it's had its fair share of history—both good and bad. As a place of culture, it's near unmatchable. With some of the most astounding works of art built within its small confines, one could spend hours getting lost in time.

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    Hannah Anderson
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    We visited around Christmas time, and that is the only time I would ever go back. There was a huge manger scene preparing to be unveiled in the piazza in front of the Basilica. The Pope also spoke (we had no idea until he came out!!) and seeing the crowd's reaction was a once in a lifetime moment. Even if you are not religious, seeing this is an experience you wouldn't want to miss. It is a quick walk to Vatican City from the train station, but beware of Tour Guides yelling at passerby. We could not escape them until we got into the city. They will walk side by side promoting their tour services, and "no" it not understood.

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    NeverAwayFromHome
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The entire place is pretty much wall to wall art. The tour was really informative and interesting, but please, think of the children before you go. We had a couple on our tour and they were bored out of their minds as were most of the other ones we saw. This is really a place for people who can really appreciate the vastness, age and dedication that it took to amass all of this. I know I probably would have been bored if I came here as a 10 year old. There is more to see than there is time, so get in as much as you can, while taking time on the things that really catch your eye.

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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Absolutely amazing collection so vast that you pass rooms full of statues and artifacts they can't fit anywhere else. Well worth the admission price. Make sure you do your research to see how best you can skip the long lines to get in.

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    Hannu Kokko
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Really liked the Vatican Museum - it can take a long time to browse - lots of great paintings. Have to visit again to see the circular staircase. The church itself is of course majestic both inside and out - remember to have proper attire (cover your shoulders etc) - you might not get in if improperly clothed. The queus can be long but have on the occasions we have visited been relatively quick. The pillars around the Vatican square are quite photogenic late in the day (around sunset)

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The Vatican is one of those spectacular places on earth. It includes so many iconic images just counting Michelangelo's contributions, from the Pieta' inside the Basilica di San Pietro to God reaching for Adam's finger on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Make sure to cover your shoulders to enter the church and, if you're brave, try climbing all the way to the top of the cupola for a stunning view of the Eternal City.

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    Shelley Reinstein
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    you can't eat there but it's a MUST see. Make sure you get a great tour guide and be prepared to be on your feet for hours

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    Yuri Rabinovich
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    5 Jul 03, 2012

    This is very religious place and most touristic place in Rome. Visit in the church and go up to the Cupolo of the church. Vatican museum have a lot of art exhibitions.

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    5 Mar 28, 2014

    It was truly incredible. St Peter's is a must-see!

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    5 Apr 20, 2013
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    5 Apr 16, 2013
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A true multitasker, Vatican City is the seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, the home of the Pope, and the world's smallest independent state. Surrounded by the Italian capital Rome, the Vatican is also known locally for its postal service which far outstrips the Italian one for reliability and speed. Occupying about one half kilometer of Rome, The Vatican is further significant because of its ... read more
fabulous architecture, religious, and artistic treasures. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the world's most famous artistic treasures, commissioned by Pope Julius II della Rovere in the 16th century. And that's just one of the treasures in the Vatican Museum's collection, which hails from from around the world. Saint Peter's Basilica is a work of architectural note, its gilded interior filled with sculpture and ornamentation, among which Michelangelo's Pieta holds a place of honor.

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