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Why Travel Vatican City?


Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Its home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the Laocoön and Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.


Speaking about its size, a worth noting fact about Vatican City is that it is the smallest country in the world encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy and covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park.


When in Vatican, do visit the Vatican Museums, which is the largest museum complex in the world with over 1400 rooms and includes the museum, galleries with 3,000 years of art, the Sistine Chapel, and parts of the papal palace. One of the most impressive halls is the Hall of Maps, with murals of old maps of the papal lands.


Next, visit the Sistine Chapel, which was built from 1473-1481 as both the pope's private chapel and the venue for the election of the new pope by the cardinals; and Saint Peter's Square and Basilica, built on the site of a church covering Peter's tomb, is one of the largest churches in the world. Saint Peter's Basilica sits on Saint Peter's Square, which is also a top religious and tourist destination.


Castel Sant Angelo, on the Tiber River, was built as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian in the second century is also a place worth visiting. You could also spend an afternoon at the Vatican Gardens spread in over 23 hectares with a small villa and medieval fortifications that separate the Vatican from Rome on the north and west sides. You can also visit the Tomb of St. Peter and the Vatican excavations on a guided visit by reservation only.


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