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Top Choice Museum in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Vatican Museums

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and enlarged by successive pontiffs, the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections. Exhibits, which are displayed along about 7km of halls …
Top Choice Basilica in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

St Peter's Basilica

In this city of outstanding churches, none can hold a candle to St Peter's, Italy’s largest, richest and most spectacular basilica. Built atop a 4th-century church, it was consecrated in 1626 after 120 years' constr…
Top Choice Pizza in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Pizzarium

When a pizza joint is packed at lunchtime on a wet winter's day, you know it's something special. Pizzarium, the takeaway of Gabriele Bonci, Rome's acclaimed pizza king, serves Rome's best sliced pizza, bar none. Sc…
Top Choice Museum in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Castel Sant'Angelo

With its chunky round keep, this castle is an instantly recognisable landmark. Built as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, it was converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century and named after an angelic visio…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Il Sellaio

During the 1960s Ferruccio Serafini was one of Rome’s most sought-after artisans, making handmade leather shoes and bags for the likes of John F Kennedy, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando. Nowadays, his daughter Francesc…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Fa-Bìo

Sandwiches, wraps, salads and fresh juices are all prepared with speed, skill and fresh organic ingredients at this friendly takeaway. Locals, Vatican tour guides and in-the-know visitors come here to grab a quick l…
Top Choice Vintage in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Rechicle

Lovers of vintage fashions should make a beeline for this fab boutique. Furnished with antique family furniture and restored cabinets, it's full of wonderful finds such as Roger Vivier comma heels (with their origin…
Top Choice Cafe in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Sciascia Caffè

There are several contenders for the best coffee in town but in our opinion, nothing tops the caffè eccellente served at this polished old-school cafe. A velvety smooth espresso served in a delicate cup lined with m…
Top Choice Gelato in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Fatamorgana

The Prati branch of Rome's hit gelateria chain. As well as all the classic flavours there are some wonderfully left-field creations, including a strange but delicious basilico, miele e noci (basil, honey and hazelnu…
Chapel in Vatican City, Borgo & Prati

Sistine Chapel

Home to two of the world’s most famous works of art – Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes (1508–12) and his Giudizio Universale (Last Judgment; 1536–41) – the Sistine Chapel is the one part of the Vatican Museums that e…