Top things to do at Vatican City

The holy grail of must-see sights in Rome, the Vatican City is an essential stop when visiting Italy. It is the smallest country in the world and is run by the Roman Catholic Church. Bursting with incredible architecture, history, and famous art pieces, you won’t get bored within the Vatican City. But how to narrow these incredible sights down? We have chosen the top places to visit when visiting the Vatican City.

Vatican Museums

No trip to Vatican City is complete without a journey into the Museums. These marvellous museums are made up of 54 galleries put together, to accommodate the huge range of collections, including over 20, 000 artworks for public view. It’s not just the artwork that’s beautiful, but the galleries themselves. Glorious architecture and lavish decorations within create an outstanding atmosphere as you stroll the halls to see famous masterpieces.

Raphael’s Rooms

Raphael’s Rooms

Within the Palace of the Vatican, lies Raphael’s Rooms. There are four Raphael Rooms, known as the Stanze of Raphael, that formed a suite of reception rooms. The rooms are famous for their frescos, painted by multiple famous painters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Raphael himself. Check this off on your bucket list as the incredible detail and beauty in these works are breathtaking.

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel is surely on everyone’s bucket list, we know it’s on ours! This spectacular building is one of the most well-known buildings in the entire world. With incredible beauty both inside and out, it is well worth the plane ticket to Italy. This historic chapel is most famous for its fresco’s pieces on its walls and ceiling, painted by a famous artist such as Michelangelo. Famous pieces such as ‘The Last Supper’ have played a significant role in past and presents artists, inspiring and motivating history’s greatest artists.

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica

One of the largest churches in the world, St Peter’s Basilica lies on top of the Vatican Hill. Its impressive dome towers over the other city’s buildings, it served as inspiration for many other cathedrals. Don’t leave without climbing to the top of the dome to see the spectacular views of the Italian city.

St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square

While you are visiting St Peter’s Basilica, you no doubt will walk within St Peter’s Square. It is a very recognizable name, being one of the world’s most famous squares. Built in the 17th century, the square is an architectural highlight. It is a massive space, with detailed attractions within, including the Egyptian obelisk, the colonnade, as well as the Carlo Fontana’s fountain. On your way to St Peter’s Basilica wander around this square to see more historic highlights.

The Pope

Even if you aren’t religious, seeing the pope in real life is a great experience. The Vatican City is the official home for the Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic church. If you are travelling at the right time, why not join the general audience viewing. Thousands of people attend the audience as the Pope does multiple prayers and blessings to the crowd. A great way to see the Italian culture up close and personal.

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