How do I get to and from Ciampino airport at night?

Rome's second airport, Ciampino, is closed at night (unlike its bigger counterpartFiumicino) between the hours of midnight and 4am. The first planes into the airport tend to arrive around 6. If you were planning on crashing in the airport for a night on a bench before an early flight, you're out of luck. To get to and from … Continue Reading ››

What’s the difference between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican?

To clear up any confusion we need to define some terminology:
  1. Vatican City is a city-state with clearly defined borders. It is an independent country presided over by the Holy See (the Catholic church's jurisdiction) entirely within Italy's confines, with its own leader (the Pope), currency (Vatican-issued euro), security force (the Swiss Guards), post … Continue Reading ››

St Peter’s Basilica from Via Niccolò Piccolomini

This amazing view is from a residential street on the hill to the south-West of the Vatican, near Villa Doria Pamphili. It's about 15 minutes' walk from Baldo delgi Ubaldi Metro station (Linea A) or the same from San Pietro train station.
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Via Niccolò Piccolomini

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Via Niccolò Piccolomini 41.890522, 12.441931