My wife would like to visit Vatican City. We are from Canada. My wife has mobility issues and I was wondering if it is at all possible to stay at the Vatican, either at Vatican City itself or in one of the extraterritorial jurisdictional places in Rome?

I know we can find places in Rome to stay, but I would like to know if we can stay at the Vatican as a pilgrim?

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    Um ... you are aware that the Vatican is physically just a group of buildings in the middle of Rome, right? Not sure how mobility issues would make it make a difference whether your bed are on one side or the other of the walls. Shouldn't you be looking for accessible accommodation near the Vatican rather than accommodation-of-any-sort within the borders? Apr 20, 2016 at 14:19

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There is only one place designated for visitors inside the walls of the Vatican, the Domus Sanctae Marthae (Casa Santa Marta). But its purpose is to lodge

ecclesiastical personnel serving at the Secretariat of State and, as far as possible, at other Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, as well as to cardinals and bishops visiting Vatican City to see the Pope or to participate in events and meetings organized by the Holy See. EWTN

and in particular, the cardinal electors during a papal conclave. In other words, being invited to stay here as a lay person not on official business would be something extraordinary. You might petition your prelate to recommend you for an invitation, but I think receiving one would be akin to receiving an invitation to stay at Buckingham Palace or the Blair House.

There are various options very close to the Vatican, but there will be tradeoffs. There are a couple of accessible full-service hotels like the Residenza Paolo VI and the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi within a block or two of St. Peter's Square, but prices seem to be high.

As pilgrims, you may prefer a guesthouse operated by a religious order (mostly convents), of which there are many in the city. The website Good Night & God Bless, after the guidebook of the same name, includes selected recommendations for convent stays. A more complete and up-to-date website to check would be Hospites.it, though the English content is sparse. But to make arrangements directly, you'll probably need someone who speaks Italian, so a site like Monastery Stays or Booking Monastery might be well worth the booking fee.

Another tradeoff is that these are not hotels. The accommodations are simple, and the establishments offer limited services. They mostly impose curfews and early checkouts. The staff you meet may only speak Italian. They may not be accessible for the mobility-impaired. And naturally, the closer the amenities one is to that of a hotel or inn, the closer in price to a hotel or inn you may expect to pay.

The extraterritorial properties of the Vatican are mostly individual buildings, and I do not believe it is possible for a tourist to stay overnight in any of them.

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