Vatican City, a small nation completely housed inside of Rome, Italy. The Vatican is home to the Pope and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. From the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica to one of the most impressive museums in the world, the Vatican has much to offer visitors.
St. Peter’s Square
The Plaza in front of St. Peter’s Basilica is St. Peter’s Square. Designed by Bernini in the 17th century, the plaza’s elliptical shape is designed to embrace visitors in “the maternal arms of Mother Church” – Bernini
Get There Early
If you arrive early you’ll be more likely to beat the crowds. This will also give you the benefit of having the most time to see everything. Nothing like long lines to cramp your style, especially in the summer heat!
Book Your Tickets To The Vatican Online
Don’t be one of those tourists waiting in line to buy your tickets. There is an extra fee for ordering online but the time saved is worth the small fee.
Like many of the holy sites in Europe you have to dress appropriately, Covered shoulders, thighs, necklines and mid sections. If you’re not covered up properly you can be denied entry. Long shorts and tee shirts are fine for men and women should wear longer skirts/dresses/pants and a cover for shoulders if they’re exposed.
Planning ahead is the best way to maximize your trip to the Vatican. Know what you want to see before going so that you can make sure you make the most of the Vatican Museum. This again goes for getting your tickets online.
Visit The Cupola
Before leaving the Vatican make sure you climb the cupola, the dome above St Peter’s Basilica. Consisting of 537 steps it is quite the climb but the views are