L'Incanto di San Pietro

Via Vespasiano 48, Rome, 00192, Italy
L'Incanto di San Pietro
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booking vatican tours on line

by smeagul

hi , i am travelling to rome in oct and would like to get tickets for the papal audience which are free , but you have to order on line to guarantee seats. how safe and dependable are these online tour sites????

Re: booking vatican tours on line

by puerto_lover

The Vatican web site may possibly be the most authentic one to look and in case you have not already seen this it is at :


maybe if you have access to a fax machine you can download the form provided (on the other page - http://www.vatican.va/various/prefettura/en/biglietti_en.html ) and use this method to obtain your free tickets. Yo0u have time to mail the form I guess, as you plan to visit in October?

Re: booking vatican tours on line

by leics

This is a reliable site, as far as I know:


and this site has useful information about getting tickets:


You can also write directly to the Vatican (or fax them) here:

write in advance (in English) to the same office:

Prefettura della Casa Ponteficia
00120 Città del Vaticano

Phone: +39.06.69884857
Fax: 011-39-06-6988-5378

English will be ok.

Various tour companies and ticket agencies also offer tickets (for which one pays a commission fee...tickets to audiences are actually free). If you are worried about reliability, then stick with well-known sites like Viator.

Re: booking vatican tours on line

by marielexoteria

I got the free tickets last December to see the Pope by sending an application to the Vatican City website, as puerto_lover stated. However, Santa Susana is also a reputable place to try.

With the Vatican web I got a letter sent to my home address with a letter that will grant me the tickets within a week or 2.

Re: booking vatican tours on line

by mccalpin

I am not sure why the official Vatican website's information would not be reliable, but it can occasionally be cryptic ;-)

The Santa Susanna website that J mentioned is often helpful reading to help you understand the process. Note that Santa Susanna is the American parish in Rome, so naturally, they speak good American ;-), and they really try to be helpful (although sometimes people do expect too much from them for a free service).

As Mariel experienced, the official process works, and I don't see any reason - especially with probably 5-6 weeks to go, to use a commercial tour agency...


Re: booking vatican tours on line

by marielexoteria

It works very quickly, I was pleasantly surprised.
I don't know if it can be considered cheating, but I applied for tickets at Santa Susanna and the Vatican Offices. Once I got an answer from the Vatican, I quickly sent an e-mail to Santa Susanna saying I already got tickets.

If you're interested in staying the whole day at the Vatican City, try and get tickets for the tombs under St. Peter's Church by e-mailing the Scavi offices scavi@fsp.va. More information can be read at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/uffscavi/documents/rc_ic_uffscavi_doc_gen-information_20040112_en.html.

Travel Tips for Rome

Spent a very short time in...

by roadrulz

Spent a very short time in Rome, but the piazza's where beautiful, and the place reeks of history. I spent most of my vacation about 4 hours east in a city called Pescara on the Adriatic Sea. I also have family living there. The beaches are the most incredible in the world, and the way of life there is so laid back. In Rome fondest memory was the traffic and the pigeons. In Pescara it was having loads of fun on the beach and meeting alot of pretty girls there.

Two pairs of shoes, a washcloth, tape & earplugs

by Lacristina

Bring two pairs of walking shoes -- you'll do more walking in Rome than almost any other city you'll ever visit. Shoes that are comfy when visiting the mall may start causing problems after a day on Rome's streets. Switching between pairs can help. Bring your own washcloth (facecloth) - even the best Italian hotels don't carry them. The Hilton at the airport has them, and other American chain hotels may have them, too. Pack a plastic bag to carry it back. I take one that I found at a Bed and Bath store. It is synthetic, so dries faster. Also, makeup rinses right off it! Amazing! Bring a role of white athletic tape. It comes in handy, from sealing the mailing tube you buy to protect your antique print, to an emergency hem repair, to securing a bandaid that won't stay put. I've used it to hold down the "on" button on those annoying hair dryers some hotels have - you have to continually press down on the on button, or it turns off. I understand wanting to save on electricity, but geez, this is annoying!

Oh yes, and earplugs, especially if you've never stayed at your hotel before. There could be street noise - even with double-glazed windows. There could be noise from the hallway, the room next to you, etc.


by lina112 about Bartolucci

The firm Bartolucci started the enterprise producing accordions in 1936 . Four brothers worked there: Leopoldo, Ernesto, Silvio and Matteo Bartolucci.
After different productions (furniture, old fashioned furniture...), in 1981 Francesco, Chiara and Annamaria, Matteo's son and two daughters started the present production of wooden ware.
It is more than 60 years that three generations of Bartolucci's family are united by a common passion: the art of working wood.
An evolution of style and personality respecting tradition.

Es la jugueteria mas bonita en la que he estado en mi vida. Comenzaron en 1936 como negocio familiar y actualmente continuan con la tradicion familiar. La jugueteria es preciosa y merece la pena darse una vuelta. Toys made of wood.


by SantaCruzRM about Nonna Betta - Cucina Kosher

Nonna Betta is a proper Jewish-Roman restaurant serving traditional and certified Kosher Food:
the owner's family has lived in the ghetto for numerous generations and "Betta" really was his "Nonna", his grandmother. Nonna betta was a real old "monarca", the ancient Jewish-roman term for a woman skilled at house-keeping and endowed with a despotic and inflexible disposition, especially in the Kitchen.
Nonna Betta serves traditional Jewish-roman food, prepared with the freshest ingredients following the original recipes of lore with: platters of fried mixed vegetables, anchovies and endive pie, codfish with onions and tomatoes, fresh pasta with chicory and dried fish-roe dressing and, of course, the famed deep-fried artichokes alla giudia, together with a large choice of middle-eastern dishes (the chef is a Coptic Christian from Egypt).
The place is homey and full character, its walls decorated with colourful reproductions of paintings representing the ghetto as it was before being taken down at the end of the 19th century.
The atmosphere is pleasanta and peaceful, with the chance to hear old stories about the ghetto and always someone more than willing to answer any of our guest's queries regarding Jewish culture and religion in general, and the traditions of the jews of Rome in particular. Traditions that go back 2000 years!!! My favourite menù! ;)

Starter : Carciofo alla Giudia - Pezzetti Fritti

First Course: Tagliolini cicoria, cacio e pepe - fresh pasta with chicory pecorino and pepper

Second Course: Baccalà Cipolla e pomodoro - Codfish with onions and tomato sauce

Side dishes: "Puntarelle" or "Torzelli" (baked endive)

Cakes: Ricotta cheese and Chocolate or Basbousa

As with Florence, anywhere you...

by mjmarble

As with Florence, anywhere you go there'll be resturants. Check out the menu posted outside the door for price and just drop in on one. Restaurants just off the usual tourist trappings are usually less busy, less expensive, and more authentic. Enjoy!


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