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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 $41.26
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 $53.20
Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at Your Pace, Rome, Skip-the-Line 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 $35.83
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour

Discover the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, housing one of the finest art collections in the world, with this 2.5-hour family tour. Kids can have fun ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.23
Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

This 3 hour private tour allows you the exclusive opportunity to visit the Vatican before entry to the general public accompanied by an expert private guide. ...  Read more

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

From USD $510.33
Tour of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Pinacoteca, Rome, Christian Tours
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Tour of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Pinacoteca

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This small-group (max 8/10 people) tour combines the main attractions of the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel included) with a visit to the Pinacoteca (art ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.01
Vatican Highlights Group Tour Specialized for Families with Children, Rome, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Vatican Highlights Group Tour Specialized for Families with Children

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Enjoy a tailored tour for your family of the marvels of Vatican City - from the Vatican Museums to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With the ...  Read more

Location: Vatican City, Vatican City
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Private Tour 3-in-1: Colosseum Vatican and Trevi Fountain, Rome, Famous Places In Rome
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Private Tour 3-in-1: Colosseum Vatican and Trevi Fountain

If you have limited time in Rome and want to hit some of the city’s main sites in just 5.5 hours, this private tour is perfect for you. With a licensed, ...  Read more

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

From USD $738.35
In-depth Private Vatican Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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In-depth Private Vatican Tour

Explore the various galleries of the Vatican on this 3.5-hour, in depth tour. See stunning works of art, antique sculptures and more and learn all about their ...  Read more

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

From USD $494.04
Rome Independent Tour from Venice by High-Speed Train, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rome Independent Tour from Venice by High-Speed Train

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A new Sightseeing tour with daily departure from Venice by round trip high speed train. Includes ticket to hop-op hop-off bus and a tour of the Vatican and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $251.91

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