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Visiting the Vatican City; EVERYTHING You Need To Know Before You Come!

Here’s one for the county counters (me included!), the Vatican City, the World’s smallest state. The Vatican is a country, although with a population of only 800 and a land area of 0.44sq km I don’t quite know how it got its status. The Vatican is home to the pope and it’s the undisputed centre of the Catholic faith so expect big crowds when you arrive.

I was staying at an awesome B&B in Rome just outside the city centre, so I jumped on the metro and got out at Ottavaiano, just a few minutes walk from the Vatican. So, is the Vatican City a country? Yes it is! Although the Vatican City is a sovereign state you don’t need your passport to enter, there’s no passport stamp and no ‘border’ per se.

Do you need a visa for the vatican city
Do you need a visa for the vatican city

When you are visiting the Vatican City, here are a few things to remember:



No shoulders, cleavage or knees


No knee caps, long shorts are ok, no vest tops either.

What is the Vatican City
What is the Vatican City


There are essentially 3 things to see at the Vatican that you can’t miss:

St Peter’s Basilica:

This is THE church of the Vatican, it’s the biggest in Italy and after you’ve been here, you won’t feel the need to visit too many more churches in your lifetime. What’s more, is that it’s FREE! Michelangelo’s (not the turtle) handy work is all over the place .I’d recommend you download some audio guides for your smartphone to distinguish the pieces.

Do you need a visa for the vatican
Do you need a visa for the vatican

St Peter’s ‘dome’

If you’re dying to see the ‘key shape’ that the Pope’s balcony famously opens on to then you need to get up the dome. It’s 5 euro ($6) for the steps or 7 euro ($8.50) for the lift (which only takes you halfway anyway). Once up the top, the views of Rome are spectacular, and you get a proper look at the famous Vatican Courtyard, St Peter’s Square

Visiting the Vatican City
Visiting the Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel:

Wow, just wow. World famous and rightly so, no pics allowed unfortunately although I managed a sneaky one (no flash) on my iphone. This place will take your breath away. It’s located in the Vatican Museum and although the entire complex is full of interesting artwork, the big draw is clearly the Chapel. It costs 16 Euro/$20 to enter (half price for students), it may be steep but these guys no they’re holding on to a real winner. Enjoy Michelangelo at his finest.

Is vatican city a country
Is Vatican city a country

A day trip to the Vatican is easily enough, it’s pretty central in Rome. If you want to avoid big queues try to get there before 10am, or after 3pm. Around lunchtime in peak season you’ll be waiting more than an hour to get through security and there’s very little shade, be warned! Oh, and bring a water bottle, there are fountains everywhere


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6 thoughts on “Visiting the Vatican City; EVERYTHING You Need To Know Before You Come!

  1. Some great information shared in a nutshell. I am a native of Italy and I can say that these facts and information will work great for the visiting lots.

  2. Bearing in mind that Italy was a fascist dictatorship at the time, it would be a bit difficult for the Vatican to have got its status as a state from a non fascist dictatorship. Duh!!

  3. How the Vatican got its status as a state?
    Through a treaty with Italy during the Fascist dictatorship in 1929.

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