The Vatican City in Rome holds great significance as a religious place for Christians and for art lovers around the world. It is an independent state in Rome where the pope resides and holds authority over the metropolis. It is is located in north-west of Rome on banks of river Tiber and occupies a total area of 109 acres. This district is surrounded by strong walls fortified during the Renaissance era when the church held power over the city. This holy city is a major tourist attraction in the area. Art lovers, history fanatics and religious people head here just to get a glimpse of this glorious metropolis and all that it has to offer.
Vatican City river view in day light
During the Renaissance era, well known artists and architects were hired to work on the buildings and decor of the capital. So if you are looking for one place where you can see masterpieces made by great artists of the Renaissance period such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante and many others, then it is the place for you to go. There are many museums and beautiful buildings that you can visit while you are there.
The Papal Palace or what’s more commonly known as the Vatican is a giant structure that all tourists are sure to visit. This palace contains more than a thousand rooms which include Pope’s apartments, offices, chapels and a library containing numerous rare books. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most well-known chapels in the Vatican; its beautiful sculptures and décor are definitely worth seeing.
Vatican City Rome Arial view
If you are visiting the metropolis because you hold are interested in arts and history then you should also take a tour of the numerous museums in the city. These museums include Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, the Gregorian Museum of Egyptian Art, Chiaramonti Museum, Vatican Pinacoteca and the Pio Clementio Museum.
You must also visit the Vatican Gardens because they are quite beautifully furnished throughput the year. If you are not much interested in arts and history and are just looking for a place for a getaway, Vatican is still a great choice because it has much to offer to everyone.
Vatican City flag
Vatican City map
Vatican City buildings closer look