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Outside of Vatican City, Rome Travel Guide

Outside of Vatican City Summary


  • Close to St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel
  • The Pope gives public blessings on Wednesday mornings when he's in town
  • Priceless artwork and sculptures in the Vatican Museum, as well as Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
  • Clean, safe area with trattorias, osterias, and upscale shops
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • Located close to parks and the Tiber River
  • Family-friendly area


  • Dress code enforced inside Vatican City (no exposed shoulders or short shorts allowed) (a pro for some)
  • Dining options in the area far from Rome’s finest
  • Far from ancient Roman ruins and other popular neighborhoods

What It's Like

Vatican City is one of the most popular tourists sites in the world, let alone Rome, and staying in the area around it certainly has its perks. Known as the “Borgo,” the area is clean and safe with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and upscale shopping. The Pope holds public blessings on Wednesday mornings when he’s in town, drawing heavy crowds to the area. Don’t think twice about booking here if you’re in town to see the Holy Father, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. However, there is very little to do at night, and it's far from Rome’s other popular ancient monuments.

Where To Stay

The quality of hotels in the neighborhood ranges widely: It’s not uncommon for a hostel-style dive to be steps away from a high-end property. The area revolves around the Vatican, so booking as close as possible to the Holy See is will give easy access to restaurants and cafes. The area northeast of Vatican City up to the banks of the Tiber River has a good concentration of the area’s best hotel options.

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