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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 $41.07
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 $52.95
Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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This skip-the-line ticket provides full-day entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. At your leisure, explore the galleries full of Renaissance ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $35.66
Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

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Get a full-day access ticket and be ready to live an exclusive experience at the Vatican Museums: see the marvelous Sistine Chapel early in the morning, before ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $46.47
City Sightseeing Transportation and Skip-The-Line Roma Pass, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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City Sightseeing Transportation and Skip-The-Line Roma Pass

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Explore all the best attractions in Rome with your NEW City Sightseeing Roma Pass! Enjoy Rome stunning view on board of a City Sightseeing unmistakable red, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $102.66
Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

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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 $507.92
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Family Tour

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Discover the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, housing one of the finest art collections in the world, with this 2-hour family tour. Kids can have fun ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.70
Vatican Highlights Group Tour Specialized for Families with Children, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & ... 
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Vatican Highlights Group Tour Specialized for Families with Children

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Explore the highlights of the Vatican Museums on this specially tailored 3-hour tour for families with children. A scavenger hunt helps to engage visitors of ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.00
After-Hours Vatican Tour Including Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Rome, Family Friendly Tours ... 
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After-Hours Vatican Tour Including Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join this Vatican tour and get after-hours access to one of the most sought after locations in Rome. Experience the splendor and charm of the Vatican Museums ...  Read more

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

From USD $431.19
Tour of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Pinacoteca, Rome, Skip-the-Line 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 $75.65

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