Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

  • ROME

Above Piazza di Spagna, in Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, you can not miss a visit to Villa Medici and its gardens, considered among the most beautiful in the world!

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

The Villa Medici always frequented by artists and art historians, since 1803 is the headquarters of the French Academy in Rome.

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

You will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Rome…

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

Inside the Villa Medici, I suggest you stop by COLBERT, a restaurant and bistrot, located in the Galleria del Duca Ferdinando dé Medici.
Roman cuisine but with a French touch, trés chic and with a spectacular view!

The average price is around 25/30 euros. 

  • Closed on Monday- Opening hours: 10.00am-7.00pm
  • Reservations: +39 3311230260
  • Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1 (above Piazza di Spagna)

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Few people know about the possibility of requesting free invitations for the Papal Audience directly to the Prefecture of the Vatican.

It is a wonderful mystical experience!

The invitation is reserved to some areas where you can sit ( without assigned places), very close to the Holy Father!


In St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday at 10.00 am (when the Holy Father is in Rome) you can attend the Papal Audience, by invitation only.


To get the FREE INVITATIONS simply download the application form, and forward it by fax duly completed.

  1. At this address: PREFETTURA DELLA CASA PONTIFICIA – 00120 – Città del Vaticano
  2. This is the FAX NUMBER: +39 06 6988 5863                                                                               
  3. This is the list to complete for the request:
  • Date of General Audience or Liturgical Celebration
  • Number of tickets required
  • Name / Group
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax

It’s simpler than you think!


Tickets of the AUDIENCES (all free of charge) must be collected at 
the appropriate Office set up at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic 
Palace (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the 
Tuesday preceding the chosen Audience from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm or the very morning of the Audience from 7.30
Tickets of the CERIMONIES (completely free) must be collected at the Pontifical Swiss Guards' post at the Bronze Gate (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the day before the ceremony 
from 9.00 to 19.00.



Important Notice:

All requests for tickets to participate in the celebrations of 
December 24th, December 31st and January 1st 2019 that will be 
received by this Office after December 1st, will not be taken into 


Special opportunity for the couple to attend every Wednesday Audience with the Holy Father, dressed as bride and groom, and receive the Holy Sacrament.
You need to bring your documents. Will also receive a nice souvenir from the Holy Father.
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Calendar of events presided over by the Holy Father


Getting a visa for a long stay in Italy, and a Permesso di Soggiorno

My brother and his family are living in Sydney… That is a very useful post for travelers!

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

Australians are allowed to stay in Italy ( and other countries that are part of the Schengen agreement) for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa. It is possible to stay in the Schengen countries for 90 days in 180.  Check with your travel agent, or even better The Department of Foreign Affairs, before you travel.

If you plan to stay in Italy for more than 90 days you will need a visa.  There is a Consulate in Brisbane, which is where I went.  Here are some suggestions to perhaps make this excercise not too traumatic.  Please note that this not official advice – just my experience.

1.  Obtain an application form from the Italian Consulate.  The form can be downloaded on the internet at no cost.

2.  You will need originals and photocopies of  –

A.   Return ticket

B.  An address you will be staying…

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