Vatican City is the smallest state in the world with an area of 109 acres and a population of only 1,000! Surrounded by Rome, Italy, it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.
I had the opportunity to spend a day in The Vatican and made the most of it by visiting the museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel as part of a City Wonders guided tour. I highly recommend this tour to efficiently navigate the vast number of museums and artwork as well as navigate through the thousands of people around you. Some figures suggest that 20,000 tourists visit the city every single day and having been there myself, I am not surprised!
Here are some glimpses of what you can expect to see if you plan a visit.
Iconic images of the exterior of The Vatican & St. Peter’s Square
Inside the Vatican Museums
St. Peter’s Basilica
My favorite part would unquestionably be The Sistine Chapel where photography is not permitted in order to prevent damage to the ethereal fresco artwork on the ceiling, by Michelangelo. These include The Creation of Adam, Resurrection of Christ and The Last Judgement and evoked a very overwhelming response from me which will be etched in my memory, until I visit again.