Vatican City What to Pack
What to Pack
What to Pack
What to Pack
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You are ready to head to Rome – you’ve confirmed the hotel, got the e-tickets for the flight, and ensured the dog is in the kennel. But wait! Have you forgotten something? Other than the obvious logistical details of the trip, it is worth spending time reading up on this city and the amazing things you will see BEFORE you ever leave home. If you try to do it all while in Rome (besides fighting your jet lag) – you will miss a good bit. Spend a month or more reading about the history of the city, the types of architecture you will see, and the various artists and art within the city. You will appreciate what you are seeing so much more and maybe will be able to impress your family and friends with your new-found expertise!While you can get a free map at your hotel, take some time to look over the maps online – you can easily create your own Google map with your trip highlights on it. I...
Wear good walking shoes!
Good, sturdy walking shoes are a must for this city! The cobblestone streets are uneven and can make for some difficult walking for even the best of walkers. Rome is very much a walking city so you want to be comfortable. Also, if you are touring the museums and churches, you will be on your feet quite a bit. So good solid sturdy shoes that you have broken in before your trip are a definite must pack item. I personally have a great pair of walking shoes that are also waterproof, so if it rains my feet don’t get wet either. Save those heels for other cities or that very special evening!
Wonderful souvenir to take home!
This is a wonderful souvenir in the form of a refrigerator magnet to take home with you back to your country or to present to your friends and relatives as gifts! It is marvellous to look at and is rather shining and has a photograph of the Pope and a cross with an inscription "OVUNQUE PROTEGGIMI". It costs just 4.00 euros per piece and is available from the book store/souvenir shop near the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. It is certainly one of our favourite collections of refrigerator magnets! We are not sure whether the same souvenir is still available at St. Peter's Basilica, perhaps with a different photograph of the Pope. The souvenir which has a photograph of Pope John Paul II as depicted on our photograph above was purchased in March 2004 when we visited St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican city.
it is totally borrowed, USEFUL info
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# IF YOU GO LAN YOUR VISIT: Allow a full day for seeing St. Peter's Basilica, the papal tombs and Vatican Museums. Hours may vary by time of year.# WHEN TO GO: The dead of summer will be packed (and hot!); avoid it if possible. Try to go early in the morning. During the Wednesday papal audience, St. Peter's may be open -- and lines are short.
# TOURS: Touts on the sidewalk hawk them nonstop, and this may be a quick way in if you're short on time. But be sure of what you're getting: Is this a shortcut into...
Vatican day-trip packing list
If you leave most of your luggage at your accomodations, just a regular backpack or shoulder bag should be fine for a day trip to the Vatican. I just used a plastic shopping bag and I was fine.
Comfortable shoes (you'll likely be doing a lot of walking). Also for visiting churches and the Vatican museum - long pants/skirt, shirt with sleeves.
If you're visiting in the summer, bring sunscreen and a water bottle - the weather can get extremely hot.
I just had a regular camera and film, but my group leader had a panoramic camera and found many good photo ops in which to use it.
Wrap it up, ladies!
When visiting in the summer, it does get pretty warm in Italy. However, make sure to bring a light jacket, wrap, shawl, etc. Most of the churches/basilicas require women to have their shoulders covered. Therefore, I toured mostly in sleeveless shirts, tube tobs, and spaghetti strap shirts, and then put on my jacket while inside the churches. Something light is easy to wrap around your waste or put in a backpack without it weighing you down!
Optional flash cameras! If you cannot take the flash off of your camera you will miss many photo opportunities indoors.
Pack for the sunshine!
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
~ Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. Pack comfortable walking shoes and casual clothes. ~ Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun. ~ A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.~ Sunglasses.~ Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.
~ sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Have a map and a bottle of water handy at all times. Maybe even bring a fan.It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.
You can't take a bag into the Vatican Museums - you will have to leave it at the locker room where it will be safe until you get back... I'd recommend taking just a small backpack so you don't have to leave too much in the locker room.
Wear good walking shoes because once you get into the Museums you will be walking for a long time with no places to rest properly...
You have to bring!
Never forget your camera, if you take pictures without flash it is not forrbidden to take pictures in that case!also you can bring some bottles to fill it up with the sacred water from the Vatican City.
Please, bear in mind that women wearing shorts and mini skirts are not allowed to the Cathedral of Saint Peter. Though our guide was very intelligent and well-read, she did not warn us against mini, so I was stopped at the entrance and saved by an unknown woman who lent me her overcoat.
Vatican City is inside of Rome, so, of course, what to pack for Rome is the same as for Vatican City.
However, visiting St. Peter's can involve some specialized needs, such as wearing the...