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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Visiting the Vatican Museums is a memorable, must see sightseeing experience for visitors to Rome, culminating with the Sistine Chapel – a show stopper to end any visit to the Vatican Museums. Queues and waiting times to access the Vatican Museums are legendary and the Vatican Museums are not open every day. So we inform you of your options to minimise Vatican Museum waiting and queues, how fast track tickets, tours and advice of less busy times and days for queuing can enhance your Vatican Museums visit. Most first time visitors will combine a visit to the Vatican Museums with a visit to St Peter's St Peter's Basilica in one day. To minimise stress and to maximise your enjoyment being informed about your options and what to expect are a huge advantage.”
  • 455 locals recommend
Church
“It's the largest of the four papal basilicas of Rome, known throughout the world.”
  • 261 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.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Church
“The absolute highlight of the route through the Vatican museums is a visit to the Sistine Chapel (Capella Sistina). The name is derived from the founder of the chapel, pope Sixtus IV. The impressive ceiling of this 15th-century Sistine Chapel was painted in the 16th century by Michelangelo. It portrays the story of creation, the great flood and other scenes. The side walls are equally beautiful with paintings of the life of Jesus made by Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The wall behind the alter shows Michelangelo's painting of the ‘Last Judgement’. The Sistine Chapel is mostly known for being the space where the cardinals meet for conclave when electing a new pope. When a new pope is being elected, smoke comes from the chapel's chimney twice a day. White smoke means a new pope has been elected, while black smoke means the cardinals were not yet successful in their mission. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Art Museum
“THE IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFUL BASILIC OF S. PETER, S. PETER - MICHELANGELO DOME, THE COLONNADE, THE OBELUSK AND S.PETER SQUARE .”
  • 97 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“In Rome, in the Prati area is the best Pizza there is !! Attention take the number”
  • 68 locals recommend
Lodging
“Saint Peter’s Square is the most famous square in Rome. When you enter the square you are no longer in Italy. You are in another country, or State, that is called “Vatican City”. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. Vatican City is in another city (Rome) and in another country (Italy). The leader of the Vatican government is the Pope. The bodyguards of the Pope are the famous Swiss Guards. These guards wear a colorful uniform.Two lines of columns close the square. On the columns there are 140 statues of saints. In the Square there are two fountains and in the middle there is a very tall oblique is a very tall and narrow monument made of one block of stone. On the pavement between the fountains and the obelisque there are two disks. Go there and stand up with your feet on one of the two disks”
  • 27 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 !”
  • 24 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)”
  • 33 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!”
  • 15 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”
  • 68 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)”
  • 33 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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