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The Vatican City is the worlds smallest country, which is entirely within the city of Rome.  Many who come, are drawn for religious reasons, but there is an amazing mix of architecture and art that is some of the best in the world.  From St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Palace where the Pope lives to the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo’s Last Judgement is painted… this tiny nation packs a lot 110 acres and only 1000 inhabitants.

It may be busy everyday, but don’t let that deter you, with treasures abound to see inside, the lines and wait are worth it.  The Vatican museum houses some of the greats, like Giotto, Raphael and Michelangelo, and some great pieces of antiquity from Egypt and the Etruscans.

St. Peters Basilica, where it all began, sitting atop the place where St. Peter was crucified and crypts of popes gone by…the vastness once inside, even if you are not religious, you are stuck by what this place means to the millions of people around the world.  A place with Michelangelo’s Pieta, and where the 1st Holy Roman Emperor was once crowned, your eyes are drawn everywhere as there is so much to take in.

The Vatican City, is a new country, where the Lateran Treaty of 1929 gave independence.  Come on Wednesdays, and if the Pope is in town, head to St. Peters square to see the Pope speak.

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