The Vatican City
Vatican city (Citta del Vaticano), the papal residence, was built over the tomb of Saint Peter. The Vatican's position as a sovereign state within a state was quaranteed by the Lateran Treaty of 1929, marked by the building of a new road, the Via della Conciliazione. This leads from huge St Peter's basilica to Castel Sant' Angelo, a monument to a far grimmer past.
Vatican is the smallest state in the world, based in Rome in Italy.
Inside the Vatican city we can find 11 Vatican Museums with the restored Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens, an enchanted place, a system of large and small gardens, fountain, fish pool and enclousure for rabbits. They date back to medieval times when vineyards and orchards extended to the north of the Apostolic Palace.
You can buy online tickets for museums and tours at
Vatican museum tickets website. Reserve your place and skip the waiting line.
Vatican radio station broadcasts all over the world in 29 languages, it has it's television station, the dialy newspaper, post office with Vatican stamps, shops, offices and publishing house. All signposted, in highly-sophisticated system of organisation.
More than a thousand residents are responsible for the smooth, day-to-day running of this nerve centre of official Christianity, with of course the Pope at its head, all guarded by the Swiss guard.
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Vatican facts:Country: State of the Vatican City (Holy See), Italy
Population: 920 inhabitants
Area: 0.44 sq km
Density: 2273/ Km2
Religions: Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro (EUR) = 100 Cents
For more information visit official Vatican web site: www.vatican.va
See also: Pictures of the Vatican