DAY 4 -
VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL:
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel:
The Vatican Museums displays works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Best time to visit: Go to the as early as possible since it gets really busy and the crowds to the Sistine chapel get massively crazy and full. Sistine Chapel: You are not permitted to take photos inside the Sistine Chapel. Guards are reminding you not to photograph. Please respect the rules. Sometimes one has to sacrifice amazing photos to not miss the beauty around you.
St Peter's Basilica: You can enter the Basilica through the Vatican museums. This means once you get to the Sistine Chapel, there are two doors, the door on the right takes you to St. Peter's Basilica, but then there is no way back to the museum. The second door on the left takes you back to the museum. This proximity can be a time saver for those on a tight schedule.
Dress code: It's a basic code for both men and women. Both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering, whereas women may continue wearing theirs. This is a very holy place for many, who are very strict about the dress code. You could be denied entrance if you do not adhere to the dress code.
Food: They have a food court on the second floor with great pizza and good fruit salads. It cost 22 EURO for 2 large drinks, 3 slices of pizza and 2 fruit salads.
Backpacks: Big bulky backpacks are not allowed in, even if the backpack is half empty. They make you put the backpack in storage. Try to bring small bags and purses.
Entrance Fee: There are a few ways to order tickets, the best being buying online since the lines at the Vatican booths are extremely long. Best to order tickets for this in advance since they tend to get sold out quickly.
• Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (at the booth) 17 EURO.
• Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel book ONLINE - 21 EURO.
• If you would like to add an Audio guide that is another 7 EURO per person.
Duration of tour: Expect to spend half a day here. There is just so much to see. For full Guide on the Vatican City: Click here!
To order tickets click here!
Legend has it that the name of the castle was given after the Archangel Michael appeared at the top of the castle sheathing his sword and with that, ending the plague of 590 which tormented Rome. An imposing statue of an angel can be seen on top of the castle. People tend to skip going inside but I highly recommend not it’s fascinating seeing all the knight's armors and spears.
Entrance Fee: 16 EURO. There's no need to buy tickets in advance.
Opening hours: Every day from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.
The ticket office closes at 6:30 pm.
Duration of tour: 1-2 hours.
Best time to visit: Sunset.
To order tickets: click here!
DAY 5 -
ST. PETER'S BASILICA:
St. Peter's Basilica:
St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches I have been to. It is the biggest church in the world and was created by artists such as Michelangelo. The most exciting attraction here is climbing up the dome and seeing the view of the city from up above. In the past, you were able to purchase tickets for 7 or 10 EURO to climb the dome, but now if you'd like to go up to the dome you'll have to go with a tour guide. The way up is pretty hard and narrow. I wouldn't do it if you suffer from Claustrophobia Dress code: It's a basic code for both men and women. Both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering whereas women may continue wearing theirs. This is a very holy place for many and they are very strict about the dress code. You could be denied entrance if you do not adhere to the dress code.
• Cathedral - Free.
• Small-Group St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour - 27 EURO.
• St. Peter’s Basilica Dome: Guided Tour - 29 EURO. There are two ways to go up to the Dome The first option is by foot 550 steps or take an elevator and walk up only 350 steps.
Opening hours: Every day from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm.
To order tickets: Click here!
Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It is so lively with restaurants, performances and stunning architecture. You can easily spend a few hours witnessing the activities at this square in the heart of the city. This is a great place to grab lunch but do know that the prices in the restaurants here are high due to it's unique location.
DAY 6 -
UNDERRATED SPOTS IN ROME:
Roseto di Roma Capitale:
We started our morning in Roseto di Roma Capitale which is the Rose garden on the way to Giardino Deli Aranci. Rome Rose Garden is a public garden located opposite the Circus Maximus on the Aventine Hill. The park was established in 1931. Over 1100 varieties of roses are grown there, many of them gifts from countries around the world.
Entrance Fee: Free.
Opening hours: Generally the opening of the Roseto Garden takes place during spring flowering from late April to May and autumn flowering in October.
Knights of Malta Keyhole:
HIDDEN GEM ALERT! From there we walked to the Knights of Malta keyhole which is a very cool photo opportunity that sounds exactly like it sounds. There is a keyhole where you could capture a beautiful photo of St. Peter's Basilica. You will see visitors queue up in front of the impenetrable door to take a peek, and capture it with their camera. If you're unaware of this spot, it might look bizarre to see people standing in line here. The keyhole is part of the property owned by the Priory of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic religious order of crusader knights that originated in Jerusalem in the 11th century. It is the oldest surviving chivalric order in the world and is a sovereign entity under international law. The estate also hosts the embassy of the Order of Malta to Italy.
Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy. Open 24/7.
Giardino Deli Aranci:
The Orange Trees Garden is the name used in Rome to describe the Parco Savello. It is about 7,800 square meters and is located on the Aventine Hill. This tucked away garden, is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the city. It's filled with orange trees, there are plenty of places to sit, and shade.
Best time to visit: Sunsets are the best so better come early and reserve a spot.
Entrance Fee: Free.
Opening hours: Every day from 7am to 6 pm.
Victor Emmanuel II Monument:
The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument, also known as the Mole del Vittoriano or simply Vittoriano, is a large national monument built between 1885 and 1935 to honor Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy, It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. This is a spot that most skip but squeeze it in your schedule. It's definitely worth visiting. From the top of the façade the views of the city center are magnificent.
Entrance Fee: Free.
Elevator to rooftop: 12 EURO if you'd like to take the elevator to the roof for a panoramic view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
Opening hours: Both Elevator and museum are open daily from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm (last entry 6:00 pm).
Rome Opera House:
In the evening we went to see the ballet in the official Rome Opera house. Want your heart to burst with passion? Enjoy ballet. If you have never seen ballet, you are in for a delicious treat.
DAY 7 -
The Galleria Borghese is an art gallery in Rome, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana. At the outset, the gallery building was integrated with its gardens, but nowadays the Villa Borghese gardens are considered a separate tourist attraction and are free. The Villa Borghese gallery is underrated but such a gem. We really enjoyed our visit there and recommend you visit.
Entrance Fee: 21 EURO. Better order tickets in advance we almost missed this and we ordered the tickets two months before!!
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. (No entry after 5 pm).
To order tickets click here!
Villa Borghese Gardens:
Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada Main attractions in the park: Pincian Hill, Bioparco di Roma Zoo, Casina di Raffaello, Teatro Dei Burattini San Carlino, Villa Medici, Victorian Water Clock,
Entrance Fee: Free.
Opening hours: Villa Borghese is generally open until sunset. Opening times may vary depending on the season.