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  • Address: Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Vatican City

Vatican City is a separate sovereign state within Rome, created in 1929 and run by the Pope (who is the supreme monarch!). The official population is a little over 800 and it covers an area of 110 acres (44 hectares). Within the walls of the city are St Peter's Basilica, St Peter's Square, the Vatican Museums, the residence of the Pope and offices of the Catholic Church.

Being a separate state, the Vatican has its own postage stamps, and the official language is Latin (as well as Italian). It has its own bank and the world's only ATM with instructions in Latin! Although it uses the euro, the Vatican does issue its own coins.

The economy revolves around tourism, printing, mosaics and manufacturing uniforms (who knew!). There are two forces for law and order; one is the Gendarmerie, who keep order, the other is the Swiss Guard (notable for their crazy yellow, blue and red uniforms) the Pope's personal bodyguard since 1506. All 134 members are indeed from Switzerland.

Practical Info

Vatican City is easy to reach. Take metro line A to stop Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tramway 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or various buses. You can also walk from the centre of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and up towards the Piazza San Pietro for the most breathtaking approach. 

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets, Rome, null
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

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Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.35
Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.90
Combo Small-Group Tour of Colosseum and Vatican, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Combo Small-Group Tour of Colosseum and Vatican

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This 5.5-hour tour is perfect for all those who want to visit Rome's two most famous sites, the Vatican and Colosseum, with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, in ...  Read more

Location: Roma, Italy
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.14
Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your pace, Rome, Ancient Rome Tours
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Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your pace

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Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a full-day entrance ticket, and explore the Renaissance paintings and classical sculptures ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $37.64
Vatican Highlights Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Highlights Tour

This 3-hour tour will take you will visit the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You will benefit from your guide's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.85
Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation, Rome, Christian Tours
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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

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See the pope and his cardinals deliver their weekly address in Vatican City with a ticket to the papal audience. Follow a local guide through the crowds to a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.49
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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Enjoy a tour of the serene Vatican Gardens followed by a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour; it’s an exciting combination of Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.53
Vatican Night Tour with Dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard, Rome, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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Vatican Night Tour with Dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard

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Beat the crowds for a unique chance to tour the Vatican Museums at night, and enjoy dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard. The Vatican opens in the evenings for ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.64
Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens, Rome, Dining Experiences
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Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens

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Begin your day, quite literally, in one of the most awe-inspiring religious capitals – Vatican State. As the sun rises, you’ll already be here, ready to get a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.56
Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

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Bookings are essential if you'd like to attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. Tickets are free of charge but they are limited and you ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.21

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