Best Times to Visit the Vatican

Tall and proud - the beautiful dome of St Peter's Basilica

On your visit to Rome, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and its world-famous museums will likely be near the top of your list of places to visit in Rome. And with good reason. Standing in front of the impressive Renaissance church, you might have to reset your conception of what a church should look like. The museums’ papal collection of art can send even the most art-resistant into awe: there’s the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, the Raphael Rooms, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön, and I could go on and on. But because everyone who heads to Rome will at some point head to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, it’s good to know when is the best time to go. So read on! Which month? The slowest months for tourism in Rome are the colder ones (excluding the Christmas and New Years holidays): late November to early December, mid-January to the end of February. So that means these months are the best months to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Unless you’ve booked a special early-bird tour, it would be impossible to view the Sistine Chapel under similar uncrowded conditions. And while you will not have the Keep reading this post...

Where to Eat in Rome: Prati Neighbourhood Guide

Delicious suppli from Pizzarium in Prati (Photo Credit: Lynn Chaya)

While there are many lovely neighborhoods in Rome (the artsy Monti, quaint Trastevere, the rustic, working class Testaccio), I’ve never once wished to live anywhere but my current home of Prati. Perhaps it’s because of my close proximity to two metro stops, making transportation a breeze. Pope Francis as a neighbor is also pretty cool Keep reading this post...

Kid-Friendly & Family Hotels in Rome

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Rome isn’t always the first choice of destination for a family vacation, and understandably so—Italy’s capital is chaotic, sprawling, and includes lots of “grown up” things like museums and churches. That being said, if planned far enough in advance, a Roman holiday can be a stress-free, fun filled experience for both parents and children (I Keep reading this post...

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Our 3.5 hour walking food tour takes you to some of our favourite restaurants and food stops in one of London’s most fascinating and offbeat neighborhoods- the East End. You’ll enjoy eight mouth-watering food tastings in restaurants, cafes and pubs that locals cherish but tourists rarely stumble upon. All the while you’ll get a behind-the-scenes taste of the East End’s unique history and culture – visiting hidden synagogues, meeting the colourful locals and getting to see some of the world’s most amazing street art. Experience the London you won’t find anywhere else, on an unforgettable tour that satisfies all of your senses!