Now that we've roamed around the hotel's area on foot, from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps (the Day 1 itinerary), it's time to see more!
Now that we've roamed around the hotel's are on foot, from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps (the Day 1 itinerary), it's time to see more!
Rome is the emblem of the Christian religion. You can't say you've seen Rome without a visit to St Peter.
Take the bus: in about 20 minutes you'll be there. Ask at reception where to catch the bus because bus lines in Italy change every so often!
Once there, take your time and stroll around the square's great wings and take pictures.
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How about a selfie with a Swiss Guard? The Swiss Guards are the Pope's private soldiers. Once Swiss mercenaries (1506), now they are direct employees of the Vatican, guarding the Papal State and paying allegiance to the Pope.
Once you've admired the exterior, you absolutely must go inside the Church of San Pietro. Don't forget you're in a place of worship so dress appropriately — legs and shoulders covered — to give a bit of respect to the faithful. The Basilica is open every day from 7.00 to 19.00, April to September and from 7.00 to 18.00, October to March.
You'll be amazed by the size of the church (more than 200 meters!) and the majesty of Bernini's baldachin.
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Once inside, you'll find Michelangelo's Pietà on the right, now protected by glass because a deranged man once damaged it with a hammer in 1972.
If you feel like it and aren't afraid of heights, climb up to the dome. Cost: 7 € with elevator, 6 € with stairs.
After seeing the Basilica, go around the corner to the Vatican Museums (a 15-minute walk). But you have to buy a ticket online first!
For more information: http://www.hotelnazionale.it/en/blog/vatican-city-museums/
This museum can take quite a while to see. If you don't go to the Vatican Museums and have a couple of hours to spare, you could take the itinerary we suggested in Trastevere and the Janiculum.
In Trastevere you might stop for dinner: find a trattoria and order some Roman specialties like "bucatini all'amatriciana", "spaghetti carbonara", or "cacio e pepe".