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What to do around Vatican between tours

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What to do around Vatican between tours

Our Vatican Tour is at 8:15AM but our Scavi Tour is at 3:15PM....Is there stuff to see around the vatican area or things to do besides lunch I do plan on having lunch there but am having troubles finding sightseeing activities in that area? Any ideas or suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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1. Re: What to do around Vatican between tours


Castle St Angelo is about a ten minute walk from St Peters, and you get stunning phot ops over Rome from the top.

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2. Re: What to do around Vatican between tours

You are starting your tour of the Vatican museums at 8.15, that will take two, maybe three hours, so you're up to midday or near enough. Then, from there pass into St Peter's Basilica and spend a good hour and a half going round that. So, you arrive to lunch time. Go and have a really good lunch, relax, wander around St Peter's Square and then go to the starting point for the Scavi tour. Remember you must be there in plenty of time. Don't rush things, you will see the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and the scavi underneath St Peter's and that is some day. Take it easy and take it in. There is an awful lot to absorb.

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One hint regarding a place to eat lunch. There is a restaurant directly opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museum. I cannot remember the name but it is on a corner and it was fairly big. The menu had meals listed in columns for people from the UK, USA, Germany etc. DO NOT eat there. It was terrible food (eg. frozen veal patties instead of fresh meat) and we were not the only ones who ate there and thought this.

It was one of those places where they try to get you to pay extra for bread etc. We were wise to this and knocked it back but the woman who comes to your table to give you your bill (a piece of paper with a list of prices but no description) still tries to charge you for items you have not ordered. We listened to the waiter tell her what we ate (in Italian) and yet she still added extras. Also, it was certainly not very classy when you had to pay her at your table and she put the money in her bum bag.

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I agree with Roma72. All we managed to do for a day at the Vatican was the Vatican museum, Saint peters and Scavi. You can go for lunch at Piazza Risorgimento -10 minutes walk, there is an Insalata Ricca restaurant (outstanding value) and some bars there. You can climb up the cuppola at 5 in the afternoon after your Scavi tour, the view from up there is the best in Rome! We had planned to visit Castel San Angelo but we had no strenght after this, so we went another day.

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5. Re: What to do around Vatican between tours

Fit a nap in!

If you do go to Castel Sant'Angelo, take the smaller charming street called Borgo Pio. Most of it is pedestrian only and its filled with places to eat, shops, bakeries etc. The Vatican end is a hub of reasonable souvenir shops, while the Castel end has more restaurants.

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