I have read the question "Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?" carefully and I thought "the better covered the more welcomed" just like the photo suggested.

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However the question has not discussed the Islamic clothing ie Hijab and/or veil and this tripadvisor review freaked me out.

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    hijab or niqab? Hijab is more like a nun and unlikely to be a problem. Aug 28, 2015 at 20:39
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    Similarly as to how women have to cover up before entering the blue mosque, women might have to uncover their head/face to enter saint Peter's basilica. Frankly I see no problem there. Don't want to uncover? Don't go visiting certain places. Having said this I couldn't find any authoritative sources on the matter.
    – JoErNanO
    Aug 28, 2015 at 21:39
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    @JoErNanO your comment is not an answer to my question, seriously you want me to go there just to find out that we are not allowed and I have to go back home? it would be great to know beforehand you know.
    – Ulkoma
    Aug 28, 2015 at 21:44
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    Aug 28, 2015 at 22:06
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    Related question: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/7612/…
    – Golden Cuy
    Nov 17, 2016 at 7:40

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Note that the sign is specifically for St. Peter's Basilica, and not Vatican City. A small point considering the size of the place, but you have asked about Vatican City.

If she is wearing the Hijab then there will be no issues; covering of the head/hair is common as a sign of respect (for women, for men, its opposite - you can't wear hats); and as mentioned in the comments she will be in good company as many nuns also cover their body save for the face.

If she is wearing the Niqab (face veil) you may have an issue - but it will have to do with security more than any religious sensitivities.

Of course, if you are visiting many of the museums in the Vatican City you will not have such stringent requirements.

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    For men too, wearing certain styles of headgear is certainly appropriate. But wearing a sombrero might be frowned upon ;0
    – jwenting
    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:25

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