It's your typical Italian coffee bar, with espressos for less than a dollar and plenty of gelato in stock. But the location can't be beat — it's perched on the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. The coffee...

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VATICAN CITY — It’s your typical Italian coffee bar, with espressos for less than a dollar and plenty of gelato in stock. But the location can’t be beat — it’s perched on the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica.

The coffee shop is so little-known that Il Giornale newspaper put the discovery on its front page Monday, with a picture of the basilica’s famed white dome and an arrow pointing to the spot where the cafe is tucked away.

Possibly startled by the unexpected attention, waiters declined to confirm when the coffee bar opened or give any other information.

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Adding to the mystery were conflicting reports: Il Giornale said it had opened within the past few weeks, while the ANSA news agency said it had been renovated in recent months. Several employees at St. Peter’s said they did not even know it existed.

The coffee bar is accessible only to tourists who have already paid to go up to the dome. It is fairly rudimentary: The cafe is indoors and has no view of the skyline. Customers must stand at the counter, because there are no tables. A basic espresso is a bargain at 94 cents — but unlike in most Italian cafes, no alcohol is served.