Since 1929, the Vatican has been the world’s smallest state -- one that is only 44 hectares small. Despite its size, Vatican is endowed with enough attractions that will keep visitors busy for several days. Vatican is home to Italy’s most respected artworks extensively displayed in the Vatican Museum. Dedicate an entire morning to exploring the Vatican Museum and you’ll see that Michelangelo’s famous Sistine chapel masterpiece isn’t the only breathtaking creation in the city.
Like Rome, Vatican City is teeming with art -- whether on canvass, walls, and structures -- that embody the glorious Baroque era. One of the most prominent structures in all of the Vatican is the St. Peter’s Basilica -- a commanding attraction that has been in existence for more than 4 centuries. All around St. Peter’s Basilica are various masterpieces from different artists -- there’s Bernini’s Constantine statue, a mosaic by Giotto, and Michelangelo’s Pieta. Another iconic landmark is the Sistine Chapel -- the place where conclaves for new Popes are held. Inside this beautiful structure are paintings from Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Perugino, Signorelli, and Ghirlandaio.
Other prominent attractions in the Vatican city include the thought-provoking paitings in the Pinacoteca, the Raphael Rooms which feature frescoes and paintings from Raphael, St. Peter’s Square, Apartamento Borgia, Etruscan Museum, and the biggest library in the world -- the Vatican Library. Nearby attractions include Castel Sant’Angelo and Prati -- a place for dining and shopping.
With attractions located close to one another, Vatican City’s famous landmarks provides tourists with the chance to see most of its main features. However, a trip to the Vatican isn’t just about its impressive art collections -- it’s also about seeing the beliefs and the strong traditions that come with this remarkable city. Vatican City is a place both believers and non-believers will love.
Vatican City, Rome
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - 15 Euros
St. Peter's Dome - 6 Euros
St. Peter's Basilica and the Square - Free
(You cannot buy a ticket for only one of these places. They are combined)
From Monday to Saturday
09.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. (final entry 04.00 p.m.)
Every last Sunday of the month
09.00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. (final entry 12.30 p.m.)
Roma San Pietro Station