The Entrance Gateway to the Vatican City State consists of an arch pierced through the walls of the Vatican, equipped with a sliding iron gate of two leaves. The arch, with an opening of metres, is executed in small, sand-filled bricks and Travertine, and the keystones are decorated with two large Coats of Arms of His Holiness Pius XI. Each leaf of the gate is constructed of a solid iron frame clad on both sides with a sheet of 8mm in thickness, decorated with a pattern of large teeth. They slide into recesses of the arch pierced in the walls of the Vatican by means of a small railway bogie front and rear, running on a line of 48cm gauge, and can be manoeuvred by hand or by motor. The duration of the movement turns out to be about one minute. The total weight of the hardware is tonnes. The bell indicating the start of a movement has been supplemented by a television camera.
This was our first Ibis experience. The hotel does not have a porch where we can drive in. So we got off across the lane and had to wheel in our luggage by crossing through a dirty and wet public road. The check in was smooth but not sure why they have to make copies of our passports. The room was small and difficult to maneouver through. Two people are a crowd in a room this size. The bed sheet was not clean and this spoilt our mood. Other wise the hotel was fine. It is efficiently managed. The breakfast spread was limited and some local food would have been nice. The cost was very reasonable. We just stayed the night so did not have a chance to explore the surroundings. Getting a taxi is easy though.