Things to Do in Vatican

Cappella Paolina

Cappella Paolina

A must-see destination while visiting Vatican City, this chapel is within the Vatican Palace. It was created in 1538 commissioned by the Pope Paul II. It contains stunning paintings and statues, including two frescos ‘The Crucifixion of St Peter’ and ‘The Conversion of Saul’ painted by Michelangelo himself. The Crucifixion of St Peter is famous for the self portrait of Michelangelo hidden within the painted crowd.

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The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo

The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo

Also known as the Palace of the Vatican, it is the official residence of the Pope when he is in the Vatican City. Containing Borgia apartments, rooms and offices for the church, both private and public chapels, a museum as well as a library.

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Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo

A short distance from the Vatican City, on the bank of the Tiber, lays the Castle of Sant’Angelo. It was built in the year 123 AD, constructed for the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. Throughout time this building has changed its function and structure until in 1925 it became a National Museum. Wander its halls and discover all the history of this spectacular attraction.

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Ponte Sant’Angelo

Ponte Sant’Angelo

Otherwise known as the ‘Bridge of Angels,’ this landmark was completed in 135 AD by the emperor Hadrian. During the 16th century, the bridge was used as a dwelling to display the executed to convey a warning to the people of Rome. It is famous for its sculptures, also known as ‘The angels’, which were added in the 17th century, each one holding a symbol that relates to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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St Peter’s Tomb

St Peter’s Tomb

Although our tours include a tour within the St Peter’s Basilica, a unique extra is to visit the tomb underneath. This is where the remains of St. Peter are located, and is such a popular and intermittent entry policy, booking in advance is mandatory. However, if you are lucky and snag a spot for this attraction, it is well worth the trouble, as the history and beauty in this tomb is breathtaking.

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An Audience with the Pope

An Audience with the Pope

A great activity in the Vatican is to see the pope in person. Even if you are not a religious person, seeing the pope in real life is a great experience. The pope is the bishop of Rome, and the head of the Roman Catholic church. Thousands of people attend the general audience viewing each time the Pope is scheduled to appear. This includes prayers and blessings, which is a great experience in seeing the religious side to Italy.

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