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Vatican City

Vatican City

Etymology

From Latin Vaticanus ‎(“Vatican Hill”), ultimately from Latin vaticinari ‎(“to prophesy”), oracle. ‘Vatican’, a name dating back to the Roman Republic, would be the place from where prophecies would be issued. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

1 day in Rome club – Our goal is to bring different cultures together and to do it in the most funny and charming way, discovering how to live the city like locals do. We like to exchange stories, different lifestyles and point of views and to immerse ourselves in the beauty and in the art of our great culture ! [meetup]

Foodies in Rome – This is a group for all food lovers in Rome. If you love food, if you love to share moments with people and create good memories, join me in the adventure. Let’s meet and eat! [meetup]

Meditazione & Yoga gratis- Sahaja Yoga Roma (San Lorenzo) – We are a group of young people who regularly meditate together and he likes to share what they have learned through years of experience of Sahaja Yoga. [meetup]

Meet Chat in Rome – Every first thursday of the month we meet to drink some wine, have some food and practice italian while making new friends. The venue will be a charming wine bar located either in the lovely neighborhood of Monti or in the historical district of Trastevere. Participation fee: 12€ per person (includes one drink + food). We are looking forward to meeting and having a chat with you! [meetup]

Rome Explorers – Do you like Italy, and Rome? This is the right group for you! Here you can find events related to excursions in Rome, food and wine tasting, hiking and walking around the italian capital, and trips in the countryside, in search of typical food and historical tradition of Italy! Join us, italian lover! We are waiting for you! [meetup]

Rome Movie Club – This is a group for anyone interested in finding new friends to go to see a movie together and then spend some time to get to know each other eating or drinking. Taking into account how large Rome is, we will try to select both movie theaters in the center and in the suburbs. This will be also a mean to find out new restaurants, pizzerias and bars in districts that are not familiar to each of us. [meetup]

Social Dinner- A cena con.. – This Meet Up aims to put in contact, including a tasty meal and a nice glass of wine, sparkling wine or cocktails, people who do not know or know to small groups, cheered by an ever-changing and enjoyable entertainment, in a smiling environment, where you can exchange a chat, a smile and maybe find interesting people… [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Aimer World – Aimerworld.com is 100% Free Online Dating Site Vatican City. Free To Join, Free Search, Free Message, Free Upload Photos, Free Chat. Completely 100% Free Online Dating Site Vatican City. Put away your credit card. Never pay for online dating. There are no membership “upgrades” required to get the most out of the site. Aimer World is a fully featured online dating site for creating love, marriages, friendships and relationships, and making new contacts is always easy, fun, and a credit-card-free experience. [aimer world]

Mingle 2 – Looking for attractive singles in Vatican? Check out Mingle2 for 100% free online dating. Mingle2 was created by 2 singles passionate about creating a new “online dating” culture. Join us to find new friends and check out the Vatican dating scene at Mingle.com [mingle 2]

One Love Net – OneLoveNet.com is the FREE online dating site & service where you can find singles, new friends and your “one love”. Search for and find a date, a friend, a soulmate, someone sharing the same interests as you, for a casual or long term relationship. Our dating website and online dating service is free to register and use, and it is growing every day. [one love net]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Rome’s Ultimate – Rome’s Ultimate Free Walks is the most informative free walking tour in Rome. This tour will get you acquainted with the “B Side” of the Eternal City! Our tours are given by a group of passionate, enthusiastic and educated guides with detailed knowledge of Rome’s rich past and how to get the best of the city. [romes ultimate]

Vatican Guided Tour – Vatican Guided Tours, Guided Tours of the Vatican museum, no line – Papal Audience , Walking Tours escorted by English-speaking licensed guides, official Sightseeing Tour of the Vatican city, tour of the Vatican Museum, tour in Vatican city and Sistine chapel, tour for group tours and private tours with privileged entrance, Vatican Museums, papal audience, catacombs, Vatican grottoes, Sistine chapel, Vatican gardens, holy see. [vatican guided tour]

Walking Tours of Rome with Lara – There is much more to see in Rome that just the Vatican and the Colosseum. On this relaxing and informative walking tour of the historic centre of Rome you will visit the Spanish Steps and the most elegant shopping area of ROme with famous monuments and fountains. [walking tours of rome]

Walks Inside Rome – Walks Inside Rome is proud to provide classic Tours of Italy, Rome, Vatican and Day Trips for first-time visitors and discerning travelers looking to experience another side of the Eternal City. Whether you are a small-group, a family with kids or have just one day to visit the capital, we propose many alternative tours across the city, all with licensed guides born and brought up in the Eternal City. [walks inside rome]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Appartamento Borgia – Pope Alexander VI, a Borgia, had a private residence for himself and his family built inside the Vatican Palace, and commissioned Pinturicchio to decorate its walls and ceilings. Between 1492 and 1495, the painter and his assistants painted a series of scenes that combined Christian subjects with ancient and Renaissance humanist themes. The first room shows prophets and Sibyls; the second, the Creed, with prophets and Apostles. [planet ware]

Cappella Niccolina – It’s easy to miss this little gem as you leave the Raphael Rooms and go through the Sala dei Chiaroscuro, where your attention will be on the wooden ceiling. But in the corner is a small doorway to Nicholas V’s Chapel, completely lined in frescoes by the Florentine monk of the early Renaissance, Fra Beato Angelico. The subjects of the frescoes are the life and martyrdom of St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, and like all Fra Angelico’s work, these paintings speak of a deceptive simplicity, gentleness, and devotion that almost makes you overlook the genius of this talented artist. [planet ware]

Egyptian Museum – The Egyptian Museum in the Cortile della Pigna was re-founded in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI, the first collection having been assembled earlier by Pius VIII. Much of the collection was brought from the Villa Adriana in Tivoli, where they had been collected by the Emperor Hadrian. Supplementing Hadrian’s collections are artifacts assembled by 19th-century collectors. The compilation here isn’t large, but its nine rooms exhibit some fine examples of Egyptian art from the third millennium to the sixth century BC. Highlights include basalt and wooden sarcophagi, sculptures of gods and pharaohs, bronzes, mummified heads, stelae with hieroglyphic inscriptions, statues of gods and animals, and papyri. [planet ware]

Etruscan Museum – The Etruscan Museum, founded by Pope Gregory XVI in the mid-19th century, has 18 rooms of artifacts that shed new light on the life of the Etruscans and their idea of the afterlife. Among the findings from the Etruscan graves that have been excavated throughout Tuscany are not just funerary items, but art works and objects from the everyday life of these enigmatic people. [planet ware]

Museo Chiaramonti – The Museo Chiaramonti, founded by Pope Pius VII in the early 19th century, is housed in a long gallery leading to the Papal palace and in the Braccio Nuovo. Concentrating on works of Greek and Roman art, the museum includes a number of Roman copies of earlier works by some of the most famous Greek sculptors, the only record of them that survives. Among the highlights of the thousand-odd sculptures, friezes, and reliefs are the Augustus of Prima Porta, a statue of the emperor found in the villa of his wife Livia; a statue of the god of the Nile; and Spear Carrier, a copy of the work by Polycletus. [planet ware]

Museo Pio Clementino – The Vatican Museums have the largest collection of ancient sculpture in the world, mainly found in Rome and the surrounding areas, most of it displayed in the systematic arrangement designed by Popes Clement XIV and Pius VI from 1769 to 1799. These galleries contain such a wealth of magnificent and significant pieces that even a list of the highlights is a long one. In the Sala a Croce Greca don’t miss the red porphyry sarcophagi of Constantine’s daughter, Constantia, and his mother, St. Helen, both richly decorated with figures and symbols. [planet ware]

Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square) – The grand Piazza San Pietro in front of St. Peter’s Basilica was laid out by Bernini between 1656 and 1667 to provide a setting where the faithful from all over the world could gather. It still serves that purpose admirably, and is filled to capacity each Easter Sunday and on other important occasions. The large oval area, 372 meters long, is enclosed at each end by semicircular colonnades surmounted by a balustrade with 140 statues of saints. [planet ware]

Sistine Chapel – Built by Pope Sixtus IV in 1473-84, the Sistine Chapel is a rectangular hall that is the Pope’s domestic chapel, also used for services and special occasions. After the death of a Pope, the conclave to elect his successor is held here. The frescoes by Michelangelo and others covering the walls and ceiling, acknowledged as the pinnacle of Renaissance painting, were extensively restored from 1980 to 1994, removing layers of candle-soot, dust, varnish, grease, and overpainting to reveal their original luminous colors. The side walls are covered with large frescoes of Biblical scenes against the background of Umbrian and Tuscan scenery, painted for Sixtus IV by the most celebrated painters of the day – Perugino, Botticelli, Rosselli, Pinturicchio, Signorelli, and Ghirlandaio. [planet ware]

St. Peter’s Basilica – The centerpiece of the Vatican, the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica was built between the 16th and 18th centuries, replacing earlier structures that began in 326 on what is thought to be where St. Peter was buried. Ironically, it was the selling of indulgences to finance this building in the 16th century that provoked Martin Luther to begin the Protestant Reformation. The work of famous artists begins before you enter the church: in the portico are an equestrian statue of Constantine by Bernini and fragments of a mosaic by Giotto above the main doorway. [planet ware]

Vatican Library – The value of its contents makes the Vatican Library the richest in the world, with 7,000 incunabula (printed before 1501), 25,000 medieval hand-written books, and 80,000 manuscripts that have been collected since the library’s founding in 1450. And that’s just the old books; it doesn’t count all the books it contains that were printed since the end of the 15th century. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Christmas – Christmas is one of the most important festivals in the Catholic Church. In Vatican City the entire celebration lasts from December 24 to January 6. St. Peter’s square is adorned with a beautiful Christmas tree and a nativity scene. On Christmas Eve, a massive midnight mass is held in St. Peter’s Square, while on Christmas day, the Pope announces his Christmas message from his balcony. [world66]

Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma – This incredible 5-day festival, called the Rome International Choral Festival in English, brings together many talented choral groups from around the globe.  Performances  are held in both Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. [world66]

Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra – The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art is a huge event spread throughout Saint Paul’s Basilica, the Saint Mary Major Basilica, the Saint John Lateran Basilica,  and of course, the famous Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The festival occurs in autumn and features the Vienna Philharmonic, among other groups. [world66]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – It’s one of the most used lines because it connects Termini station with the Vatican City, stopping at key sites such as Piazza Venezia or Largo Argentina. You must be careful here since it is usual for pickpockets to frequent this place. Once you arrive to the Vatican area, the best stops are Ospedale Generale Ssanto Spirito or the next one. [vatican city guide]

Metro – The Vatican is two stops away from Line A’s metro: Cipro and Ottaviano. The first one is closer to the Museums and the second one to St Peter’s Square. The stops are 10 minutes away from each other. [vatican city guide]

Taxi – Getting a taxi to reach the Vatican from Termini will cost approximately between 15 to 20 euros depending on the day, the time and the amount of luggage. If you arrive from the airport, it may be more cost-effective to hire private transport. A taxi can cost between 40 to 60 euros. [vatican city guide]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Docker Roma – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Google Developer Group Roma L-Ab Meetup – The community is made up of specialists and fans of Web technologies, Mobile and IT, and in particular the Google tools and services. We are the group of Roma, Lazio and Abruzzo, but we cooperate in the ecosystem Google Dev National Group (GDG Italy) and world. [meetup]

Il Meetup WordPress di Roma – This group aims to gather the WordPress enthusiasts: theme developers, creators of plug-in, last-users, bloggers super-experts and lovers of writing on the Web and content marketing. [meetup]

PHP User Group Roma – We are a group of web developers, who work mainly in PHP, but that does not disdain other technologies. What seems more important is to develop well and for that we often talk about programming techniques, development methodologies, design patterns. [meetup]

Roma Salesforce Developer Group – Connect with local developers building on the Salesforce AppCloud. Share your knowledge with the group, and learn from others! [meetup]

Rome Startup Founder 101 – At Startup Founder 101, aspiring and early-stage startup founders meet once a month to hear candid talks by successful local entrepreneurs. Learn the best practices, strategies, and mistakes to avoid from those who have been there, done that. Then, if you’d like, you can share your ideas and plans in a relaxed setting to get personal and professional feedback. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expats Living in Rome – Expats Living in Rome is an International Social Network run by expatriates living and working in Rome. We are generally age 25 or over, and meet regularly for: happy hour, language exchange, dinners, and day trips. We always welcome newcomers to join. [meetup]

Language & Culture Exchange in Rome – This group is meant to be a place in which we can have conversations with people coming from different cultures and help each other with language skills, English and Italian mainly. [meetup]

Roma English Language Group – The group meets in order to converse and talk in English, meet and make new acquaintances. The Group meets with aim to talk in Inglese to meet in cheerfulness and to do new acquaintance. [meetup]

Roma Language and Social Exchange! – Language and Social exchange is a community of people from all over the world living in Rome (or visiting it). We help one another to learn and practise languages. We have a weekly meeting and we organise other activities during the week, like “sport nights”, parties, pic-nic and much more. [meetup]

The Roma Italian Language Meetup Group – Benvenuto! Welcome! Want to practice, brush-up, use your Italian? Meetup with other Italian Language enthusiasts in your area who are also interested in the Italian language. All ages and levels of proficiency are welcome! Ci vediamo al MeetUp! [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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