A nation in its own right, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. This papal enclave features one of the most beautiful churches in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. Some of Italy’s most renowned works of art are housed in this Renaissance-style church, including Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin over the altar. It’s also home to Michelangelo’s Dome. The greatest and final commission of the Italian artist’s life, it is the tallest dome in the world. It’s free to visit, and you can climb to the top for breathtaking views of the city. But if you’re looking for spectacular views of the dome from your home away from home in Rome, we’ve got you covered. Here are some great
Amazing Aurelio Apartment
This two-bedroom apartment is in the same building as the previous two but offers a slightly different view. It is on the fifth floor and street parking is available. If this unit is not available during your desired dates, try these listings for apartments in the same building: this two-bedroom, this two-bedroom, or this two-bedroom apartment — which is slightly more expensive because it includes two transfers to and from the airport or train station.
Marvelous Vatican Apartment
Situated in the center of Rome, just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica, this two-bedroom, fifth-floor apartment offers peek-a-boo views of the dome from its windows.
In addition to the Vatican, all major tourist attractions, including the Colosseum, Campo de Fiori, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Navona Square, are easily-accessible on foot or by bus or metro. The surrounding area offers shops, bars, supermarkets, ATMs, wineries, restaurants, pizzerias, pubs, ice cream shops, and pharmacies. There’s also a car rental nearby if you want to venture out of the city. If this unit is already booked during your dates, try this listing for another apartment in the same building.
Residenza Nicolò III
Half a mile from St. Peter’s Square, Residenza Nicolò III is a two-bedroom, fifth-floor apartment that can accommodate up to six people in an elegant building that overlooks St. Peter’s dome. It is centrally located in the Aurelio district, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Rome. While you can find everything from shopping and restaurants to bars and clubs nearby, the streets are quiet.
Points of interest such as Castel Sant’Angelo are within a 10-minute walk, while others can be reached by bus. Just steps from the vacation rental, bus stop 64 leads directly to the Termini, Rome’s main hub for trains, buses, and metro. San Pietro Station is also nearby for easy day trips out of the city.
Maison Cavalleggeri Vatican Apartment
St. Peter’s dome can be admired from every room of this two-bedroom apartment. With two bus stops out front, this Vatican vacation rental is easy to reach via public transport. They also make it easy to reach the center of the city.
Up-Close Vatican Apartment
Get up-close-and-personal views of the dome at this apartment that sits right next to St. Peter’s Basilica. Housed in an ancient Roman building, this three-bedroom apartment can accommodate up to six guests.
Attractions such as Castel Sant’Angelo, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Campo Dei Fiori can all be reached within minutes on foot. It’s also close to transit, including the underground station Ottaviano, which is a 5-minute walk from the rental.
La Casupola Vatican Apartment
Just steps away from Vatican City, this vacation rental features a fantastic terrace that overlooks Saint Peter’s dome. Public parking is available in front of the building (if you are brave enough to drive in Italy).
Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are just 2.5 miles away. A 5-minute walk will get you to San Pietro Station, one of Rome’s major train stations. One reviewer notes that the road to get to the building is steep and that you must be able to climb up three flights of stairs to the apartment.
The Muse Vatican Apartment
Take in spectacular views of St. Peter’s Basilica from this fifth-floor apartment. (Don’t worry, there’s an elevator.) Dine al fresco on the balcony and watch as the sun goes down and the dome becomes illuminated.
Via Gregorio VII, a side street that runs along the Vatican walls, will get you to the Vatican on foot in just 10 minutes. Everything you need can be found on this road, including coffee shops, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy, a gelato shop, and an open market. The apartment building has its very own supermarket that stays open late as well.
Hop on the 916 bus out front to arrive at St. Peter’s Basilica in just two stops. This bus also crosses over the Tiber River to downtown where you can explore the city.
Holiday Aurelio Apartment
Dine al fresco with the dome in the background. This one-bedroom Aurelio apartment offers views of St. Peter’s Basilica from the terrace.
La Primavera Vatican Apartment
This apartment is just like the one above. It is in the same building, has the same host, and features similar views of St. Peter’s Basilica. The only difference? In this one, an extra bed can be added to sleep up to six guests.