The Vatican is one of the most unique and popular tourist destinations in Italy. Vatican City is the smallest state in the world and home to the Roman Catholic Church, and to visit the Vatican is to discover one of the greatest historical and artistic treasures of the world. So whether you're a pilgrim or an art history buff, there are plenty of amazing things to see when you visit Vatican City.
For most, Vatican City tourism means beautiful architecture, world-famous works of art, and centuries of history. From the moment you lay eyes on the grand square and crowds of faithful surrounding St. Peter's Basilica, you'll realize that your trip to Vatican City is anything but ordinary. The Basilica is the largest in the world and you shouldn't miss the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of Rome from the top of the dome.
The incomparable Vatican Museums are one of Vatican tourism's top draws. The sprawling museums are home to countless sculptures, paintings, historical artifacts but make sure to bring some comfy shoes during to your Vatican City vacation because the gilded halls of the Vatican Museum will require at least a full day of exploration. The Sistine Chapel and it's stunning ceiling by Michelangelo is another of the main reasons behind many trips to the Vatican.
Some people choose to exclusively travel to the Vatican, but it's worthwhile to plan your trip to the Vatican as part of a larger trip to Rome or Italy in general. Rome has several airports and extensive rail connections with Europe and the rest of Italy so you have literally dozens of options to travel to Vatican City.