Things to do in Vatican City

Visiting Vatican City – home to the world’s most famous paintings

Despite being recognized as the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City is frequented by thousands of tourists year round. Because of its numerous destination incentives, many backpackers, tourists, and travelers spend their holidays and vacations visiting Vatican City. It is located within a walled enclave sitting in the city of Rome, Italy.


Things to do in Vatican City

Vatican City is a sovereign city-state consisting of a mere 44 hectares of land and is ruled by the Catholic Pope. There is a lot of fascinating things to do in Vatican City, especially if you are interested in cultural experiences and historical sites.
Do remember that it is best to check all the information about the attractions that you will visit to make sure that you adhere to their dress codes and opening hours.


Sistine Chapel

A must-see attraction when visiting Vatican City on holidays is the Sistine Chapel. It is the official papal residence and is characterized by spectacular frescoes like the world-renowned ‘Last Judgement’ and the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which are both painted by Michelangelo.


Vatican City Museums

There are numerous museums to visit. The Vatican Museums are a series of religious, historical, and cultural museums situated within the boundaries of Vatican City.


Vatican Gardens

If you love spending time outdoors, the Vatican Gardens will surely catch your attention. The gardens comprise more than half of the city’s territory and are well decorated with sculptures and fountains.


How to get to Vatican City

Most tourist take a flight to Rome and continue from there  to Vatican City by bus, metro or simply take a cab. You can even walk from Rome to Vatican City.


When to go to Vatican City

Vatican City and Rome have hot and dry summers from May to August and rainy and mild winters from September to mid-May. When planning a holiday to Vatican City, always consider the influx of tourists. Although summer is the most ideal time for some sightseeing and al-fresco dining, it is also the time when tourists flock to the city and the museums are quite crowded.

If you want to optimize your travel, you can design your holiday during the city’s shoulder seasons: April-June and September-October. Discounted accommodations and tours are also more likely available during the shoulder seasons.


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Vatican City Facts


Vatican City average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Vatican City - Vatican City

The religious, historical, artistic and architectural importance of Vatican City has provided it with a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1984. Artistically, the Vatican houses masterpieces such as Fran Angelico’s decoration of the chapel of Nicholas V, the Stanze of Raphael and his students or the Sistine Chapel, decorated by Botticelli and Michelangelo among others. In addition, the buildings themselves are artistic and architectural masterpieces, like Bramante’s Belvedere Court. Historically, the Vatican has been a main pilgrimage centre for being the site of the tomb of the Apostle Saint Peter and, as time went by, a site collecting treasures such as manuscripts and books.

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