is the proper attire for the Vatican ?
No short pants and no sleeveless shirts for both men and women
are allowed in St. Peter’s Basilica. Shoulders must always be
covered. Short pants and sleeveless shirts not extreme are
tolerated in the museums. No particular rules are applied to
the attire for the Wednesday morning’s public Papal Audience
in St. Peter’s square.
What’s the population in Rome ?
According to the last census (published in 2003) the official
population living within the city administrative area is
2.542.000. The official population of the entire Latium region
is around 5.000.000. Very often, if you ask to the common
people or taxi drivers, you will notice a strong tendency to
What are the rules about taking
pictures in museums and churches ?
In the Vatican Museums you are allowed to take pictures
without flash in every section but the Sistine Chaple where no
pictures or videos are allowed. The use of flash lights and
videos are allowed in St. Peter’s basilica.
No restrictions are applied to the archaeological sites.
Pictures and videos are not allowed inside all other museums (
Barberini, Borghese, Pamphili, etc. )
What is the appropriate tip for a
taxi or at the restaurant ?
In a normal taxi ride it is customary to simply round up,
adding 1 or 2 euros to the fare you can read on the meter.
Something more is given when you are loaded with luggage . . .
and the driver helps you!
At the restaurant a tip equivalent to around 10% of the bill
is normally left in cash on the table or in the hands of your
Which are the facilities for people
with deambulatory problems ?
In the Vatican Museums a free wheel-chair service is available
aside some elevators. The itinerary however is a little
different. The other museums normally do not have any
facilities for wheel chairs ( or just “some” like in the
Capitolini Museums ).
The Colosseum has an elevator to the first floor accessible to
wheel chairs. Archaeological areas like the Forum and the
Palatine have no facilities at all.
Also please remember that many streets in the city center are
paved with cobble stones ( a paving used in Rome since the
Can’t we just have a quick look at
the Sistine Chaple ?
Absolutely NO! At the entrance of the Vatican Museum there is
normally a 1h:30’line before you can step inside. Then you
have to walk through overcrowded corridors and rooms for
almost an other hour before getting into the Sistine Chaple.
Then you need another 15’ at least to get out.
At what time do shops open and close
in Rome ?
Normally shops open between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and close
around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. – Although the majority stay open at
lunch time, some may close for a lunch break. Almost all shops
are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.
Are museums, churches, catacombs,
archaeological sites, opened 7 days a week ?
In Rome only archaeological areas like the Colosseum, the
Forum, Palatine, Circus Maximus, etc. stay always open. They
are closed only 3 or 4 days a year for very important National
The Vatican Museum is closed on Saturday afternoons and
Sundays. All other museums in Rome are closed on Mondays. You
should also check all National and Religious Holidays.
Basilicas and churches of artistic interest are normally
opened 7/7 but you should always watch the opening time.
Normally they close at 12:00 noon to reopen around 3:30 or
4:00 p.m. and again they close early in the afternoon. Sunday
mornings tourist and visitors should respect the liturgy. The
main Basilicas, however, have longer opening hours and do not
close at lunch time.
Catacombs close on alternate days, which means that every day
of the week there is always at least one opened. Check for
their weekly close with your concierge before leaving for the