Things to see in Vatican City

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Vatican City.
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  • Despite the hundreds of times you've seen in on TV or in photos, you have to see it first-hand to truly appreciate the magnitude and grandeur of this quiet refuge from the chaos of Rome. The colonnades open up like huge arms welcomi...
  • Visit with your eyes wide open and legs well rested, that’s the only advice I have! You'll doubtlessly be wanting to visit the Sistine Chapel, but before you do make sure to go through the museum. You can take pictures in the museum...
  • With its staggering dimensions and finishing touches by Bernini, the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica represents a perfect combination of harmony and majesty. Perhaps its greatest aspect is the cupola by Michelangelo. In the past, it ...
  • It really is remarkable that within the same city there is another state like the Vatican, a very different world but similarly reflected in all of Rome. Wherever you go, you see the figure of a priest or nun. The Plaza de San Pedro...
  • After waiting in line for an hour we were able to enter the Vatican. I was not very keen on paying, but hey, it was worth it. I will tell you how we got to the Dome of St. Peter. You enter through a courtyard where you also will als...
  • Cardinal Jean Bilhere hired Michelangelo to make "the most beautiful work of marble in Rome." Making comparisons is always tough but I can assure you that after seeing this sculpture, I don't think many sculptures can compete with i...
  • At the insistence of Pope Julius II and encouraged by Bramante, Michelangelo was chosen to paint the immense ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel. It took four years to complete this 1000-square-meter roof with over 300 figures! The...
  • The Swiss Guard is a military body established in 1506, consisting of about one hundred members (including two drummers and a chaplain), responsible, together with the Italian police, for the custody of the San Pedro Square. The mem...
  • D'Angelo Donato Bramante designed the new St. Peter's Basilica, which links the Vatican museums. It is composed of minuscule steps, giving you the feeling that it is not really real.
  • The canopy is a type of shrine that has 4 columns supporting a dome designed to protect the altar. The most famous of all is the canopy of the Cathedral of St. Peter's Basilica, ordered to be constructed by Pope Urban VIII. It was c...
  • In the basement of the Basilica of St. Peter is the mausoleum of the Popes and the tomb of John Paul II, Pope Pius XII, Paul VI, etc. Crowds flock to their graves out of curiosity or veneration. But undoubtedly it's the most famous ...
  • One of the most spiritual and mystical places to visit in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is by the beginning of the entrance when you pass the graves of all the popes, with reference to the tomb of the late Pope John Paul ...
  • The Sistine Hall was the old reading room of the Vatican Library and was founded by Pope Nicholas V in 1450. Its 2 buildings, 70 meters long and 15 wide, house a collection of a million and a half volumes of the Apostolic Library. T...
  • To visit these gardens you have to book by fax at least 1 week in advance but it's worth doing to see the French parterres of flowers, the Italian garden, the English forest and the caves. There's also a small garden reserved for th...
  • In the apse of St. Peter's Basilica is the monument the Chair of St. Peter, designed by Bernini in his maturity. It was made in the form of a great bronze throne, supported by the statues of four Doctors of the Church, two of West, ...
  • In the Vatican Museums, one can visit the Borgia Apartment. This apartment is the quietest wing, established by Pope Alexander VI Borgia. Today, one can find a collection of Modern Religious Art here.
  • Since a young age I accompanied John Paul II in the World Youth Days, to United States, Italy, Israel and other occasions in Rome. These moments will forever be in my heart. Two weeks ago I visited his tomb in Rome. It is very eas...
  • If you're Catholic and you're in Rome, I would not miss seeing the Pope. You can be a part of his audience on Wednesday morning in the Paul VI auditorium. It usually starts at 11:00 am. Also, on Sundays at noon the Pope looks throug...
  • The Vatican City is a state, and as such, has its own security force. The task of the Swiss Guard is the protection of the Pope, a task that was given in 1506, even before the founding of the Vatican State. The army is the smallest ...
  • The mural fresco by Michelangelo to decorate the apse of the Sistine Chapel, he began painting 25 years after finishing painting the ceiling of the chapel. Until 1536, the altar wall where thee's now the Last Judgment murals had oth...
  • It along with the Last Judgment ( on-trial-end-o-the-trial-universal ) one of the most famous artworks in the world. A fresco (1511) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. It illustrates the Biblical story of Genesis...