Two Ducks Hostel

Via Calatafimi, 41, Rome, 00185, Italy
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Forum Posts

Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by platapus

My wife and I did a tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica when we were in Rome a year ago. We will be returning in a few months time. A question please..........

We would like to spent some time in St Peter's Basilica (just the Cathedral). Can I anticipate a queue to enter the Basilica, and are there any charges (would we have to buy a ticket sort of thing?


Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by DueSer

It seems to always have a line to get in but it usually moves pretty quickly. There's no charge just to go into the church.

Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by Roadquill

Right, no charge to get into St. Peters, but there was a small fee to get up to the top of the dome. This is a great experience, part elevator, part stairs. Great view looking down into the cathedral, and then out of top you have a great view of Rome. Karl

Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by Donna_in_India

I also recommend making the trip to the top. That line however, moves verrry slowly! Have a great time in Rome!

Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by Becca01

Make your way to St Peter's around 7 AM and find yourself almost totally alone in St Peter's Square and the basilica. It was an awesome experience. By 8 the place is filling up.

Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by tango_jd

If you do visit the Dome - we fond that there was a long queue for the ticket plus a long wait in line for the lift/elevator.

The lift/elevator takes you up past some quite easy steps after which you do have to face steep steps for the final part of the climb anyway.

If you are feeling fit, then it may be worth taking the first stairs rather than waiting for the lift/elevator.

We reckon on saving at least 30 minutes - but it is only worth it if you can manage these (easy) steps!

The view from the top is fantastic! (and there is a small tea-room/cafe up there)

Re: Entry to St Peter's Basilica

by goodfish

The line-up is because everyone has to pass through a security check. the line does move fairly quickly but can be long. As another poster suggested, get there early in the morning to have the shortest wait, and lightest crowds (for awhile). Also, just in case you haven't visited any of Rome's churches, be sure to follow the mandatory dress code: shoulders and knees must be covered so no tank tops or shorts allowed.

Travel Tips for Rome

St. Michael the Archangel Up Close

by Jeannkelly

One thing is to visit the spots in Rome, another is to come up close with those spots; like going near to the monument of Emmanuel Vittorio or the tomb of the unknow soldier in Piazza Venezia, or going up to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica or come very close to the statue of St. Michael the Archangel at the top of Castel Santangelo, which I did to get a close peek of him. One thing that you should not miss doing is to be at least on the top of one of the important landmarks or monuments in Rome.

Packing List

by TerryP

You will need very comfortable shoes, light weight clothing, a hat and some sunscreen. You can get by with a regular 35mm with flash walking around Rome. Although if you go to St. Peter's there is hardly any light.

Antica Murrina

by lina112 about Jewellery

We found this small shops and we were very well attenden for the old lady. Is a souvenir shop but she sell more jewellery than souvernirs like mugs, cards,,,,. We bought 2 clasp and hanger as present and for ourselves, they are made of Murano. They are so beautiful. Sorry for the pic is very little but i could not get higher from my computer. The lady is very nice and she has very beautiful things to sell.

Encontramos esta pequena tienda en los alrededores de la plaza de Espana y nos gusto mucho. La atiende una senora mayor que es encantadora. Vende souvenirs, pero el principal motivo por el que entramos es porque vende colgantes, broches y piezas hechas de cristal de murano, muy famoso en Italia sobre todo en Venecia. Compramos varios broches y colgantes para regalos y para nosotras.

Spaghetti of the 100 Sauces

by goodfish about L'Archetto di Fontana di Trevi

I'd read so many good reviews about L'archetto and all of them were spot on - we had a great meal here!! As others have mentioned, this little gem's specialty is spaghetti. Just spaghetti. With 100+ different sauces to choose from. The menu was in English (yes, I KNOW that's supposed to scream Tourist Trap but this is an exception) and prices are very reasonable for the amount and quality - no skimpy portions here. My pasta was perfectly al dente with just enough quattro formaggi sauce to coat the noodles vs swim in it. Heaven. 2 entrees and a couple half carafes of wine came to the bargain price (for Rome) about 35 euro with tip. Busy but friendly waitstaff and closed on Mondays. Very highly recommended.

You can choose from indoor or outdoor seating. We chose the street, as it was such a nice night, and had some fun dinner conversation with a neighboring couple from Vietnam/China. It also had its interesting moments as a "street" in Italy can be the width of a Fiat so the occasional motorscooter or tiny little car went flying by within inches of your noodles. Pick your favorite sauce and it'll be good.

Italian Ice Cream is heaven.

by rachel_sun

I stayed at Via Veneto and there were plenty of great bars and restuarants.There was a good selection of different places ranging from pizza to chinese and sandwich bars.Lunch starts around 1.30-2pm and dinner towards 9pm.Meat and fish dishes are served without veg and they need to be ordered seperatly.Pasta is considered a starter and it is best to avoid anywhere too close to the tourist centres(you will probably eat badly and it is very expensive).
The ice-cream and Tiramisu were wonderful and lots of cafes sold delicious rolls with ham,cheese and salad in for about £2 each.The pizza slices were £2 each as well and yummy.An average meal cost around £10-15 for three corses. I loved sitting outside and watching the beautiful fountains lit up in the evenings and the atmosphere was nice.There are bars,restuarants around every corner and you can just take your pick.There are 100`s of squares with fountains that you can eat near and plenty of places up side streets.


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Address: Via Calatafimi, 41, Rome, 00185, Italy