Vatican City

With a total area of 0.44 sqkm and just over 800 inhabitants, Vatican City is the world's smallest independent state.

The tiny city-state is the world center of Catholicism and mostly an impressive museum. More than half of the territory is occupied by the spectacular Vatican Gardens; impeccably kept and with a mythical feel to them, the Gardens are a must see. You need to get a (very informative) guided tour for access to the gardens - buy your tickets online to save yourself time waiting to buy them on site.

Continue with visits to the Sistine Chapel, beautifully painted by Michelangelo, and the Vatican Museums with the iconic Spiral Stairway and 6 km of galleries. Your Vatican Gardens guided tour ticket will let you explore both sites on your own.

Saint Peter's Basilica is freely accessible and is spectacular in size, architecture and decorations (you can allegedly fit the entire Statue of Liberty below the main dome). The Basilica also includes the tomb of St. Peter. One cool thing to do while in Vatican City is the climb to the top of the basilica's cupola.

Vatican is such an unique place that absolutely needs to be visited while in Rome. Enjoy the pictures.

Read a detailed account of my trip to Vatican City here (a part of my series on Europe's Microstates)

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyagel

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