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Unveiling the Mysteries: 5 Vatican Secrets

The Vatican, a city-state nestled within the heart of Rome, holds an air of enigmatic allure that has captivated the world for centuries. As the epicenter of the Roman Catholic Church, it carries a profound historical, cultural, and spiritual significance. Beyond its religious prominence, the Vatican also holds a veil of secrecy that has given rise to numerous speculations and myths. In this exploration, we delve into the intriguing world of the Vatican and unveil five secrets that have intrigued, perplexed, and fascinated both believers and non-believers alike.

1. The Vatican Archives: A Treasure Trove of Knowledge

Nestled deep within the Vatican walls lies one of the most enigmatic institutions in the world: the Vatican Archives. While its existence has been widely acknowledged, the contents within have been shrouded in secrecy, prompting a multitude of speculations. Some whisper that the archives hold hidden historical documents that could reshape our understanding of pivotal moments in history. From the trial of Galileo Galilei to correspondence between world leaders during tumultuous times, the Vatican Archives have sparked curiosity. However, only a select few have been granted access, leaving the contents largely veiled in mystery.

2. The Swiss Guard: Protectors of a Different Era

The Vatican Swiss Guard stands as one of the oldest and smallest military units in the world, dating back to the early 16th century. Beyond their ceremonial uniforms and the picturesque role they play during Vatican events, the Swiss Guard holds a vital role in the security of the Vatican. Their duties involve safeguarding the Pope, securing key entrances, and providing an additional layer of defense. But within their history lies a secret: their remarkable training regime that harkens back to a different era. Meticulously honed skills in combat, marksmanship, and strategy are passed down through generations, ensuring that these modern guardians are prepared for any situation that may arise.

3. The Apostolic Palace: Where History and Majesty Converge

The Apostolic Palace, commonly known as the Papal Palace, is a place where history, religion, and artistry converge. While the public is granted access to a limited portion of this grand residence, many hidden chambers remain concealed from view. One of the most mysterious parts of the palace is the “Room of Tears,” a space where newly elected Popes retire to don their papal vestments and have a moment of private reflection before their introduction to the world. These intimate moments are a testament to the human aspect of the Papacy, often overshadowed by its spiritual and political dimensions.

4. St. Peter’s Basilica: Where Architecture Hides Symbolism

St. Peter’s Basilica, a breathtaking architectural marvel, holds secrets that go beyond its stunning façade. Designed by renowned artists and architects such as Michelangelo and Bernini, the basilica is a masterpiece of art and spirituality. But beneath the surface lies a rich tapestry of symbolism. The colossal dome, for example, represents the celestial realm connecting Earth to Heaven, while the keys held by St. Peter’s statue symbolize the authority entrusted to him by Jesus. Each intricate detail carries layers of meaning, inviting visitors to explore not only the physical space but also the spiritual significance ingrained within its design.

5. The Vatican’s Financial Opacity: A Shrouded Economy

Behind the spiritual and cultural splendor, the Vatican’s financial operations have often been regarded as one of its most intriguing secrets. As a city-state with its own economy and financial institutions, the Vatican’s fiscal operations have faced both scrutiny and speculation. The lack of transparency surrounding its finances has led to questions about its wealth, investment practices, and potential involvement in various financial dealings. While efforts have been made to enhance transparency and comply with international standards, the Vatican’s financial opacity continues to cast a veil of mystery over its economic operations.

In conclusion, the Vatican stands as a place of profound historical significance, spirituality, and enigmatic allure. As we’ve explored, the secrets held within its walls span a range of topics, from hidden historical documents to the intricate symbolism woven into its architecture. While some secrets may never be fully unveiled, the allure of the Vatican’s mysteries continues to captivate the imagination and intrigue of people around the world. Whether one is a devout believer or an intrigued observer, the Vatican’s secrets offer a glimpse into a world where history, faith, and mystery intertwine. Enjoy our guides to discover more with our Vatican Tours and Tickets

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November 12th – 18th in Rome

This week in Rome…

1. Saturdays at Capitoline Museum

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From November 12th to December 3rd, visitors have the chance to experience the Capitoline Museum in an entirely different light.  The musem itself is one of the oldest in Rome dating back to the 15th century. Each Saturday, the museums will be open late from 20:00 to 23:00.  Each Saturday evening will feature different events including live music, theatrical performances, food, art displays and many more.

When: November 12th, 19th, and 26th as well at December 3rd – 20:00 to 23:00

Where: Musei Capitolini – Piazza del Campidoglio, 1

Tickets:  only €1

2. This Week at Rome’s Jazz Fest



Rome’s 40th Jazz Festival continues throughout the city this week.  Now that the festival is in full swing, there are an abundance of performances and events in the next week. Performances this week include Richard Galliano, Crazy Stompin’ Club, John Scofield, and many more. Check out the festival’s website for more details.

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3. All Blacks Versus Italy



New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby teams returns to Rome this week.  The legendary team will face off against Italy at Stadio Olimpico this Saturday!

When: November 12th – 15:00

Where: Stadio Olimpico – Viale dei Gladiatori

Tickets:  Prices vary depending on where they are purchased

4. Reaction Roma Exhibit

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This exhibit definetly provides visitors with an interesting perspective of Roman life.  Made from over 400 video entries, Reaction Roma captures life in the city through the lens of everyday Romans. The exhibit has been referred to as “photograph in motion” that depicts the “real Rome”.

When: November 11th to December 3rd – 14:30 to 19:30

Where: MACRO Testaccio – Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4

Tickets:  Free entry

5. Other Times, Other Myths Exhibit

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From now until January 8th, visitors have the chance to experience the 16th edition of Quadriennale d’Arte di Rome.  The exhibition celebrates contemporary Italian art and features 150 works by 100 artists including paintings, sculptures, and photography. In particular, this year’s exhibition will focus on how Italian contemporary art has developed since 2000.

When: Until January 8th – 10:00-20:00 daily, closed on Mondays

Where: Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Via Nazionale, 194

Tickets:  8€-10€


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Five Go-To Restaurants for Authentically Roman Pasta 

Tradition is incredibly important when it comes to Italian food. Over the years, different communities have produced their own culinary specialities. This is particularly true when it comes to pasta – all over Italy you will find different pasta dishes belonging to specific regions. In Rome, these pasta dishes are cacio e pepe, amatriciana, and carbonara. 

Cacio e Pepe 

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This satisfying pasta is cherished as one of Rome’s signatures dishes by both locals and tourists. Made from pecorino cheese and black pepper, cacio e pepe never disappoints despite its simple ingredients.


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Although the origins of this dish can be traced back to the small town of Amatrice, the dish has long been recognized as a Roman staple. Made from tomato, precorino cheese and guanciale (cured pork cheek), its no wonder this savoury dish is so popular.

It is important to note that Amatrice was one of the towns affected by the August 2016 earthquake. For more information on how you can contribute to continued relief efforts, please visit the International Red Cross’ website.


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Probably the most well known dish on our list, Carbonara has become a symbol of Roman culinary tradition. Made from eggs, cheese (traditionally pecorino), and black pepper Carbonara is the ultimate Italian comfort food.

Wondering where to find these Italian specialities? Here are 5 restaurants in Rome that serve up some of the best pasta in the city. Each restaurant has been carefully selected to ensure the best quality and easy access from one of our walking tours!

1. Trattoria da Danilo

Da Danilo is known for authentic italian cuisine, rustic atmosphere as well as a their selection of local wines. Located near the Colosseum and not far from our offices, this restaurant is easily accessible from our Ancient tour and promises some of the best Carbonara in Rome.

Where: Via Petrarca, 13

Our recommendation: Spaghetti alla carbonara

2. Armando al Pantheon 

Family run 1961, this small Italian eatery has been influenced by generations. Armando al Pantheon is tucked away on a small street off of Piazza della Rotonda (Pantheon) and is recognized as a Roman staple for authentic cuisine.

Where: Salita dei Crescenzi, 31

Our recommendation: Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

3. The Old Bear 

Located a short walk from Piazza Navona, the Old Bear offers an authentic pasta experience with a twist. Although the restaurant offers a variety of choices, the pasta dishes are always a crowd pleaser.

Where:  Via dei Gigli d’oro, 3

Our recommendation: Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

4. La Carbonara 

Located in the charming Monti neighborhood, this restaurant is famous for its namesake.

Where: Via Panisperna, 214

Our recommendation: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

5. L’Arcangelo

If you are searching for an authentic Italian meal near Vatican City, look no further than L’Arcangelo. In addition to other traditional dishes, this eatery offers some of the best pasta in Rome.

Where: Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59

Our recommendation: Ghnocci Amatriciana


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