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Vatican City

Vatican City Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the Vatican? We have fully vetted fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in the Vatican? See below for an introduction to Vatican City locations, permits, when to shoot, costs and notes on Rome production support.

Film Locations. Located inside of Rome, the Vatican is the world’s smallest sovereign state and the capital of the Catholic world. Locations of interest include St Peter’s Square where the Pope holds mass, fountains, an Egyptian obelisk and monumental colonnade with 140 statues of saints. Inside St Peter’s Basilica you can find Michelangelo’s Pietà carving, crypt containing the tombs of many popes, the ceiling dome and rooftop views of St Peter’s Square. The Vatican Museums, located next to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, house many great artworks.

Vatican City Location Permits. The Vatican does not allow filming of commercials. It reserves the right to refuse permission for filming if it feels the project does not align with its beliefs. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Rome has hot summers and mild winters. Shooting from July to August is best avoided as this is the height of the European summer holiday period. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Events of interest include:

• An audience with the Pope in St Peter’s Square every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
• Easter Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in March / April.
• Rome International Choral Festival at Rome’s Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in July.
• Christmas Midnight Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in December.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the Vatican.

Costs are in Euros. Location fees are determined on a case by case basis so costs can vary greatly depending on the specifics of the project. Our Roman fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent. Less that 1000 people are Vatican citizens. Vatican City citizenship is granted solely on the grounds of appointment to work in the service of the Holy See.

Crews. No crews exist in the Vatican. Crews can be sourced in Rome or nearby European production centres.

Contact us if you are looking for a Rome based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in the Vatican.

Equipment. The Vatican has no camera, grip or lighting equipment for filming. This can be sourced in Rome or brought in from abroad.

Art department and Set construction. Not applicable. Best sourced in Rome.

Studios and backlots. None exist. Rome has some studio facilities.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in the Vatican.

Post Production. Rome has all the standard facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Although Vatican City is technically not a member of the Schengen Area, it has open borders with Italy, so it is treated as part of the Schengen Area. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your closest Embassy of the Holy See for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. The Vatican City has no highways or airports. Several budget and international airlines service flights to Rome.

Accommodation. The Vatican City has no hotels. Recommended film friendly hotels in Rome include:

St Regis Grand Rome
Splendide Royal
WRH Trastevere

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. The Vatican is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in the Vatican, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for shooting in the Vatican, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.