The Vatican City festivals are held with the purpose of celebrating and getting closer to the Creator; they might be dedicated to music or art or any other theme. The majority of them are related to the arts and profits made from the events mostly go to charity or different organizations that support art. Besides art shows and concerts, Vatican City celebrates many festivals besides Christmas and Easter.
Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma
This one known as the Rome International Choral Festival in English lasts for five days bringing together several talented choral groups from all over the world. Performances are held in Saint Peter's Basilica as well as at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome.
Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra
The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art is a big event spread all over Saint Paul's Basilica, the Saint John Lateran Basilica, the Saint Mary Major Basilica as well as Saint Peter's Basilica. It happens in autumn and the Vienna Philharmonic takes part besides other groups. The event is not easy on your pocket, the lowest tickets being priced at €250 per person, but the money raised goes to an organization that is setup to preserve the sacred music heritage.
Tourist Taps: Beware of pickpockets when you move around here.
Local Customs: You have to follow a strict dress code so make sure your shoulders are covered and you wear modest clothing and not miniskirts or shorts. Women have to wear a scarf or use something to cover their heads.
The Swiss Papal Guards are found at entrances to the Vatican City to give security and also protect the Pope. They are dressed in extremely colorful clothing, akin to the uniforms worn by soldiers of the Renaissance era; they have one set of clothing for the winter and a different one for the summer
The Vatican Museums have a good enough cafeteria kind of restaurant, a pizzeria and a bar, all of which are found to be open when the museum opens and are even open an hour after the museum closes. You can get stuff for cheaper if you do not opt for the overvalued 'sit-down' price.