You will visit the smallest nation in the world with a population of less than 1,000: Vatican City. One of the most iconic places in the world and possibly the least understood, for 2,000 years the Vatican captivated the imagination of millions. Behind its walls you’ll discover the world’s most valuable sacred treasures that makes the Vatican the cultural and artistic legacy of Italy.
Through the labyrinth of halls and galleries that exhibit the world’s largest repository of artistic treasures, historical artifacts and objects of faith, you will be guided to the most significant and irreplaceable masterpieces displayed inside breathtakingly luxurious palaces.
Explore the Gallery of Maps, admire the Gallery of Tapestries and discover the stories they reveal until you arrive at the Sistine Chapel where you will ponder man’s artistic and spiritual endeavors in the famous frescoes created by il divino himself, Michelangelo.
The Vatican doesn’t just measure its wealth in money, but in souls as well. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica will follow. As you make your way through the colossal interior , you will listen to stories while admiring the remarkable contributions made by Michelangelo, Bramante, and Bernini, and learn of the legacies left behind by unconventional popes who are immortalized by the ambitious work they conceived and realized. Rome and the Vatican are layered in history, shrouded in mystery and possess untold secrets, but on this tour you will discover many. You will part not only with wonderful lasting memories, but with valuable knowledge and understanding of some of the world’s most significant places that have inspired and continue to inspire the world for generations to come.
You could fit 8 Vaticans in New York City’s Central Park.
The Vatican was built on an ancient necropolis.
The Etruscan goddess of death was Vatica.
There are no taxes inside Vatican City.