The Vatican City, in the centre of the city of Rome
, is the smallest country in the world and yet one of the most famous and most-visited. Every year, thousands people make the pilgrimage to the sacred city which has even been featured in Hollywood films, including the Twilight series. Wotif you made the pilgrimage yourself and stayed in one of our fantastic Vatican hotels, within easy reach of the best attractions?
Things to Do
This city may be small, but don't let that fool you. Not only is it the Pope's residence and home to the famous balcony where he addresses the public from the Papal Palace, but it's also teeming with famous sights to see and experience.
Start off at St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square, which were built over what is believed to be the site of St Peter's crucifixion and burial. This basilica is actually the world's largest and is easily recognised for its dome-shaped roof, which was designed by Michelangelo. You can even climb to the top of the dome and admire the views, if you have the stamina to scale the 320 steps. Another of Michelangelo's most famous works - the Pieta - is found inside, so make sure you check it out. Michelangelo isn't the only distinguished artist with famous works inside the basilica, though. There are also pieces by Donatello, Bernini and Cambio, so this really is a must-visit for art lovers.
On the other side of St Peter's Square, you'll find the Sistine Chapel, which is home to Michelangelo's famous Genesis ceiling frescoes, as well as his Last Judgement painting at the altar. You'll also see the Last Supper painting by Rosselli, Boticelli's depictions of Moses' life and the Baptism of Jesus by Perugino. Besides being one of the world's most important art museums, the Sistine Chapel is also where every Pope has been elected since 1870, so even though you will be sharing it with thousands of other tourists, don't miss it!
The Sistine Chapel is just one of the sights you'll visit if you go on a Vatican Museums tour. You'll also see the Belvedere Palace, the Egyptian Museum, the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Raphael Rooms and the Gregoriano Etrusco Museum. Outside, you can check out the Obelisk and the beautiful Vatican Gardens, so make sure you have spare batteries and memory cards for your camera.
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and then take the 20km journey from the airport by train, bus or taxi. Once you've dumped your bags in your hotel room, you can hire a scooter to get around if you'd like. Wot are you waiting for? Book your Vatican accommodation with us now and get ready to be inspired by some of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance art in the world.