Vatican City (Città Del Vaticano) is a microstate that is located inside of the center of Rome and this is where all the clergy and the pope have their headquarter.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and in this place, you will be able to find the densest collection of arts and majestic buildings in the world.
If you are going to visit Rome there is no way that you are not going to visit Vatican City and here in this article, I will tell you exactly what are the top places to visit and what to eat.
Of course, this guide will be pretty short and if you have time you can stay for many days in this country but actually in a day or two you will be able to see everything.
If you are ready to discover the beauty of this awesome microstate you are in the right place and you should read on this guide.
Vatican City What To Do
The tour of Vatican city needs to start from Piazza San Pietro. The Basilica di San Pietro is an example of Baroque architecture and is the most frequented meeting point in the world by Catholic faithful from all over the world.
In order to get inside San Pietro, you will need to walk Il Colonnato which is the circular structure from the top that you can see in the picture below made of a lot of columns.
Inside the basilica of San Pietro, you will find works like the Baldacchino by Bernini and the statue of La Pietà by Michelangelo.
Below the Basilica of St. Peter you can proceed on your tour descending into the Vatican Caves that contain the chapels dedicated to some saints, burial places of sovereigns, queens, and popes.
The visit continues to the Vatican Museums and the visit will take at least 3 hours, and inside you will find a Gregorian Egyptian Museum, the Candelabra and Map galleries, Raphael Rooms and last but not least the incredible Sistine Chapel, one of the most important masterpieces of the world art history.
If you have time after spending many hours inside the Vatican Museums you can go outside and visit the Vatican Gardens.
These are very curated and they are taking up 2/3 of all the entire country. Yeah, this is a huge and awesome garden you should visit.
Visiting the Vatican city is definitely a unique experience in fact in this state you will be able to find some of the most precious treasure in the world.
The value of the arts and buildings that you will find in this state is priceless and it will astound you without any doubt.
There is tourist coming here from all over the world so be prepared to deal with a thick crowd.
This country has everything from the train station, the post office and all the things that a regular country has.
If you are visiting Vatican City you don’t want to miss Rome of course, most of the people who visit Vatican city is usually staying and sleeping in Rome.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Pinacoteca Pinacoteca Vaticana,
Museo Pio Cristiano
Museo Gregoriano Profano,
Galleria degli Arazzi,
Stanze di Raffaello,
Salette degli Originali Greci.
Food In Vatican City
In this country, you will be able to find a few restaurants but still, my advice is to get out of here and go eat in Rome.
There are many dishes that you can find and the traditional dishes of the Vatican city are the ones from Rome and you should read this guide to see them.
A typical dish that you will be able to find everywhere and that is cheap are the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.
You probably ate a bad version of them in your country, but here it will be like touching heaven, la carbonara in Rome is one of the best in Italy.
La pasta Alla Gricia is another great pasta dish that can be found only in Rome and Vatican City, the recipe is very tasty and you should try it.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world but here you will be able to find some of the most prestigious and expensive arts and buildings on the planet.
This is the place where you will be able to see the pope since he’s living in Vatican city and where you will be able to admire the Sistine Chapel and the stunning Basilica di San Pietro.
If you are going to visit this microstate the best thing you can do is to stay in Rome and eat in Rome. Things tend to be more expensive inside the Vatican and you don’t want to waste money for anything.
Rome is the most beautiful city in the world and you should spend some days visiting Rome as well.
Vatican city is full of treasures and I have listed some of the most important places to go in this article. I hope that you are happy with this guide and that you will start your trip to the Vatican now.
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