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Which 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 exaggeration ….

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 waiter.

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 15th century).

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 holidays

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 wrong one!