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Vatican, Italy - A Guide to the Vatican area

The Vatican area of Rome, Italy

Vatican City is the only existing Papal state which holds the temporal seat of the Pope. It is the smallest state in the world with a territorial space of about 100 acres. It is easy for tourists to travel to the Vatican City from Rome and they can get there either by foot, bus or taxi. Perhaps the most famous sites available for tourists to visit are the Vatican Museums and the Basilica of Saint Peter as most of the other areas in the Vatican are inaccessible to tourists.

St. Peter’s Basilica is famous for being the centre of the Catholic World. Its dome, an example of the artistic talents of Michelangelo, is renowned throughout the world and is a hotspot for tourists. The Basilica is magnificent both in height and design and is amongst the many places tourists look forward to seeing when they visit. To get on top of the dome, tourists have to take an hour elevator ride going up, after which they Vatican and St.Peter's Basilicahave to climb 323 steps to reach the top and enjoy its breath taking view.

St. Peter’s Piazza, located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, was designed by two famous architects, Maderno and Bernini. An Egyptian Obelisk made of Red Granite stands in the middle of the square, transported from Egypt to its current location in the year 37 A.D. The Piazza is also famous for the bronze ball on top of the red obelisk which was rumoured to contain the remains of Julius Caesar.

Tourists to the Vatican City should not fail to visit the Vatican Museum, which is by far one of the greatest art museums in the world. It is well known for its awe-inspiring spiral staircase, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel made famous by Michelangelo’s frescos. Guided Tours are available at the Vatican for roughly 30 Euros.

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