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Vatican & Midnight Mass

by BobCA

I have two questions, We will be arriving in Rome on December 24 and may want to attend Midnight mass at the Vatican. What is the procedure to attend, if it's possible.

Second, we will be touring the Vatican on December 27, do you think it's neccessary to purchase tickets from a tour operator to avoid long lines. I've heard during peak time in the summer the line to get in can take hours but how about December?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Re: Vatican & Midnight Mass

by travelnut71

Hi there.

Whenever there is a holiday, think years ahead. I bet there will be no way you will get in Dec 24. I hope I am wrong but maybe you can research and make sure you have backup plans if you can't make it then. Sorry to discourage you, just want to make sure that you will have a backup in case, it's important! Remember that in Rome it's not so cold in the winter and there are so many people, plus tourists!

Re: Vatican & Midnight Mass

by mccalpin

I have to agree with Giovanna that "last minute" tickets to Midnight Mass will be hard to arrange. Really, the only option you have is to contact your local diocesan office and see if they will pull some weight.

This is what the website for Santa Susanna says (the American parish in Rome at www.santasusanna.org):
"If you want to apply for a ticket for Christmas or Easter, you can contact Monsignor Roger Roensch or the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, at the Bishops Office for U.S. Visitors Office to the Vatican, Via dell' Umiltá 30, 00187 Rome, Italy. It is located at the Casa Santa Maria dell'Umiltà, one block from the Trevil Fountain. Their mailing address is:

U.S. Bishop's Visitor Office, Via dell' Umiltà 30, 00187 Rome, Italy

You can telephone them at Rome Tel. 011-3906-6900-1821 or send them a fax at FAX: 011/3906/679-1448

They can also be reached by email at: nacvisoffrome@pnac.org

Do not expect a response from them because of the amount of requests they receive. This application is not a guarantee of a ticket for Christmas or Easter but only the possibility of a ticket!

We know that they will assist you to the degree they are able. Please be aware with Christmas and Easter tickets that they are difficult to acquire and the office makes no promises."

Bill

Re: Vatican & Midnight Mass

by leics

I think you should forget the midnight mass idea.

Rome is an all-year-round tourist city so yes, there will be queues for the Vatican. However, I didn't book ahead (just before Easter), I just got into the queue for 8.45 ish. Took around 30 minutes waiting to get in, but no-one can guarantee how long you'll have to wait on any particular date. Book ahead if you don't want to risk wasting too much time (or getting too chilly).

Re: Vatican & Midnight Mass

by Bellatrav

We are also going to be in Rome for Christmas Eve and Christmas and just recently contacted the Bishop's Office for United States Visitors to the Vatican by email at nacvisoffrome@pnac.org. We were told that getting in to midnight mass was indeed possible, but a long process beginning at 7pm lining up outdoors with no food or restrooms and a pushing and shoving match at 10:30pm when the doors are opened. So, if you're committed, you will get in. Good luck!

Travel Tips for Rome

Flower power?

by gilabrand

I’ve always liked artichokes so I was quite happy to try the carciofi alla guida at one of the many kosher restaurants in Rome’s Jewish ghetto. As we perused the menu, we overheard this dish being offered to practically everyone who walked in. It is touted in guidebooks and cookbooks as a special Roman Jewish delicacy. So although the price seemed a bit steep, I said sure. After trying it, my advice to you is: Skip it.

Carciofi alla guida, also called “Jewish artichoke,” is basically an artichoke that has been smacked on the table to flatten it, and then deep-fried. The leaves lose their fleshiness and become brown and papery with a slightly burned taste.

Artichokes are the bud of a flower. They have grown in the Roman countryside for centuries, and like most flowers, they are in season in the spring. But carciofi alla guida is one of those dishes that the tourists ask for. So restaurants store half-cooked artichokes in the freezer to keep them on hand all year round, and toss them into hot oil when you order them.

My appetizer, consisting of one artichoke, cost EUR 5. The pizza was much better.

Although it's not in Rome, you...

by Vic5

Although it's not in Rome, you should definitely try and make a point of visiting Tivoli. It's easily reached by train and bus from Rome; the journey itself gives wonderful views. This picture shows the gardens of the Villa d'Este.

Taxis in Rome

by Kaazmar666

Don't waste your time with taxis that do not say "Radio Taxi" anywhere on the outside of the car. These are generally UNAUTHORIZED and OFF-METER so you will end up "striking a deal" with the driver and essentially get ripped off. They will be pushy and even try to convince you that you're lucky to even find him, but just say "No, grazie," smile and move on.

Mother India

by mariocibelli about Mother India

My favorite Indian rest. in the Via Serpenti (Indian restaurant ghetto). Imagine specializing in tandoori and mughal cuisine!

Everything great, but their Chai masala just aint up to Lucknow standards!

The Birth of Civilization

by MJB123

No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the Roman Forum. This is where much of the major events of history too place. Events which still resonate today. Over two hundred years ago, the founding fathers of America took the model of the ancient Roman Republic and drafted the Constitution of the United States based on its system.
This is a funeral pyre of Julius Ceasar, and although he was the final assasin of the Republic (Marius and Sulla bear some responsibility too) his name lived on in Russia when rulers adopted the name "Tsar".

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