Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?

  • I've heard from friends who have been to Rome that you must cover up when you visit the Vatican as they have a strict dress code.

    What does "cover up" mean? I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem in Winter but we are off in July. What kind of clothes would be suitable for women and men in summer?

    A quick tip for every woman who like to visit the Vatican or every italian church: you could use a vest/singlet, but use a shrug when you have to enter. So you do not have to exit from hotel with a long-sleeved shirt.

    @Franco By shrug do you mean shawl ?

    @Simon No, a shrug has sleeves whereas a shawl doesn't.

    @AakashM Thanks for clarifying (never heard the term before)

  • mouviciel

    mouviciel Correct answer

    9 years ago

    From Saint-Peter's Basilica site:

    Infographic showing in the top half a man and woman wearing sleeveless tops and miniskirt/shorts, respectively, with a red No Entry sign; and in the bottom half, two women and a man wearing short-sleeved tops, a knee-length skirt, knee-length shorts, and long pants, respectively, with a blue Enter sign

    Per the sign, both men and women must wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.

    Thanks, this is exactly what I was after. Unfortunately it does mean that I have to wear trousers for a day but I'm sure I can manage it.

    shorts are fine. the key is to have your shoulders covered.

    @rs79 - shoulders and knees. Anyway, San Pietro, as any other church, is not that warm inside.

    If you were normal surf shorts and not extra tight shorts you should have problem to get into.

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