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From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The Vatican Museums begin just beyond a massive bronze door that, like magic, takes you out of Italy and into the smallest country in the world: the Vatican. There are priceless works of art here, collected by the popes or often expressly commissioned by them. More than 70,000 pieces are on exhibition in over 42,000 square meters, with another 50,000 pieces preserved in the vaults and storerooms. Forget about seeing everything in a single visit: it simply can't be done. To the millions of visitors that come here from every part of the globe to admire these marvels, the whole complex seems to be one gigantic museum but the Vatican Museums, with their full name "Papal Museums and Galleries", are the Museum of Museums, the result of the union of various collections, collections that often take the name of the pope that began them. The most sought-after stop on the Vatican Museum trail is without doubt the Sistine Chapel however every room is rich in history and precious examples of life from every era. The birth of the Museum was almost by chance: it all began in 1506, when an ancient sculpture was found in a vineyard on the Esquiline Hill near Nero's Domus Aurea. It was only later that it was recognized as one of the most famous statues ever: the Laocoonte, described even by the Latin author Pliny. The subject of the work is taken from an episode of Virgil's Aeneid in which the seer and priest Laocoonte, for having predicted Ulysses' use of the Trojan Horse, was punished by the gods who sent two enormous snakes to strangle him and his two children in their deadly coils. Like all the pontiffs, Pope Julius II had always shown great interest in artwork, and he immediately summoned Michelangelo and Giuliano da Sangallo to authenticate the sculpture. The pope then decided to acquire it, making sure no one else could do so before he did. So the dramatic Laocoonte was put on exhibit in the Vatican, enriching Pope Julius II's collection that was the seed of what would ultimately become the Vatican Museums. The Laocoonte was placed in Bramante's Belvedere Courtyard where Julius II grouped all his ancient statuary, transforming it into the "Courtyard of the Statues". Visitors came from all over the world just to admire the sculptures and artists stopped there to copy the masterworks. The Museums as they appear today, were created in the second half of the 18th century and are made up of two parts: the actual Museum and the popes palaces, naturally only the portions open to the public. The visit is an incredible stroll through the history of art where you can meet the greatest artists ever, through their most important works. You can organize your visit according to the time you have at your disposal; the shortest takes at least two hours, the longest, around six. You'll discover masterpieces in a sort of crescendo as you pass from one room to another; in fact, the rooms themselves are works of art, frescoed by artists like Fra Angelico, Pinturicchio or Raphael. The Vatican Museums: The courtyard of the Pinecone Chiaramonti Gallery Braccio Nuovo Pio-Clementino Museum Octagonal Courtyard Apoxyomenos Apollo del Belvedere Laocoonte Galleries of the statues Belvedere Torso The round hall Sala a Croce Greca Gregorian Egyptian Museum Gregorian Etruscan Museum Gallery of the Candelabra Gallery of Tapestries Gallery of Maps Sala Sobieski Raphael’s rooms Hall of Constantine Room of Heliodorus Room of the Segnatura Room of the fire in the Borgo Sala dei Chiaroscuri Cappella Niccolina Appartamento Borgia The Sistine Chapel The ceiling Last Judgment Musei della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Pinacoteca Vaticana Museo Gregoriano Profano Museo Pio Cristiano ”
  • 456 locals recommend
Church
“It's the largest of the four papal basilicas of Rome, known throughout the world.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Plaza
“St. Peter’S Square was commis- sioned in the 17th century by Pope Alexander VII. It was designed by the heralded successor to Michelangelo, the incomparable Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Built in the Baroque style, the great open space was created so that more of the faithful would be able to see and re- ceive the blessing of the Pope.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Church
“Pro tip: try to get the last tour of the day. Its always gonna be crowded, but not quite as much at night. Maybe this is because everywhere you read says to go super early? One ticket gets you access to the entire Vatican Museum, with the Sistine Chapel being the final room of the experience. €16 adults, €8 for children or students. Open Mon-Sat 9am - 6pm. Also open the last Sunday of each month, with free admission that day. The line will be extremely long however so use caution!”
  • 98 locals recommend
Art Museum
“THE IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFUL BASILIC OF S. PETER, S. PETER - MICHELANGELO DOME, THE COLONNADE, THE OBELUSK AND S.PETER SQUARE .”
  • 94 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“In Rome, in the Prati area is the best Pizza there is !! Attention take the number”
  • 69 locals recommend
Lodging
“The sunset in St. Peter’s Square. The sunset is incredible and juicy every day. I recommend stopping behind the obelisk, moving slightly to the left, looking towards the dome, and remaining still and silent. You will have the feeling that the Piazza is moving around you. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Plaza
“Important square near the Vatican Museums where you can find bus and taxi station, subway”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bus Station
“You cannot come and visit Rome without exploring the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum! Ask our staff to organize your perfect first visit !”
  • 23 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“No need to go far away to get one of the best Gelato in town, just around the corner a famous gelateria!! Great prices”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“I'm near St. Peter, I'm hungry, but I do not want a restaurant. A sandwich? This is the place that's right for you. (NO gluten free)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“When you feel hot, an ice cream can make your day fresher. The steps on the left bring you to the high wall of the Vatican's border.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Garden
“We really suggest to visit this beautiful gardens with a guide. The place is not full of tourists and you can enjoy amazing views!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Typical Roman kitchen. Try Pasta "Cacio e Pepe", "Gricia", "Amatriciana", "Carbonara". Try "Fiori di zucca" as starter.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A circa 5 minuti a piedi la fermata della metropolitana Cipro è a due fermata da Piazza del Popolo. **** About 5 minute walk to the underground Cipro is two stops from Piazza del Popolo.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“In Rome, in the Prati area is the best Pizza there is !! Attention take the number”
  • 69 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I'm near St. Peter, I'm hungry, but I do not want a restaurant. A sandwich? This is the place that's right for you. (NO gluten free)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Typical Roman kitchen. Try Pasta "Cacio e Pepe", "Gricia", "Amatriciana", "Carbonara". Try "Fiori di zucca" as starter.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 6 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Nice restaurant not so expensive. Classic roman pizza ( thin and crunchy ) and pasta dishes (cacio e pepe and amatriciana) so good. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Winery
“My favorite restaurant and wine bar. Wonderful Amatriciana Pasta sauce (with the original recipe… because the owners Marina and Federica come from the village of Amatrice where the recipe is originated). Federica is a bar woman too and she makes very good cocktails. Opened in the evening from 18:00 (closed Sunday)”
  • 8 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Pesce ottimo, pizze indimenticabili! Da non perdere i "ravioli alla cernia", un piatto da 10/10 e 6******, credetemi!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ristorante/Pizzeria tipica, potrete mangiare una delle migliori pizze di Roma a due passi da Piazza San Pietro e Piazza Risorgimento.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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