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State of the Vatican City

Vatican City is a landlocked city state located within the city of Rome in Italy. It has a total area of only 110 acres and a population of less than 1,000 people. Therefore it is the smallest country in the world in terms of population as well as area.

Vatican City came into existence in 1929. The capital of the State of Vatican City is Vatican City. It has no official language although majority of the population speak Italian. The photos at this page were taken outside the famed St. Peter's Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in the world.

Two of our favourite attractions at the Vatican City are as follows:-

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica is the largest cathedral in the world. It attracts millions of locals and foreign tourists from all over the world. The Basilica is a "must-visit" tourist attraction when you are in Rome for your vacation. The Basilica can hold a total number of approximately 60,000 people at one time. It was constructed and consecrated in the year 1626. St. Peter's Basilica was designed by famous Italian architect Donato Bramante in Renaissance and Baroque style of architecture.

Entrance to the basilica is free. Opening hours are between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily between the months of April and September and between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily between the months of October and March.

The Bronze Statue of St. Peter

The Bronze Statue of St. Peter is one of the popular tourist attractions inside St. Peter's Basilica. Local and foreign tourists queue up to touch or kiss the foot of St. Peter to pray for mercy or forgiveness. This act has been going on for many centuries. You will notice that the right foot of the statue of St. Peter is almost worn out due to the touching and kissing! This Bronze Statue of St. Peter was sculptured by Arnolfo di Cambio in the 5th century. Don't miss the Statue of St. Peter when you visit St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City!

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Friends, you have managed to see and to notice a lot! Thanks a lot for your story and useful tips!)

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Feb 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Hi Victor, Thanks for your visit to our Vatican City travel page. Don't miss Vatican City when you travel to Rome. The city has many lovely architectural buildings including San Pietro. ~ho & pang

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Gorgeous page about the Vatican. It is just interesting that it counts as its own country. I once visited the Vataican while I stayed several days in Rome. Happy new year 2011.

  • Manara's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Ecellent tips about San Pietro!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    We just watched the movie "Angles & Demons". Try to see it. It showed a lot of the Vatican and also the history of Illuminati countering the Catholic religion philosophy. You did a great job of explaining the sites.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Great info! I was there last year, but i didn't visit all, i have to retun there.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    What a spectacular page about Vatican City. Even though I visited and thought I had covered it well, your information was far superior. Great photos, too.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    very very informative and detailed tips, thanks.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Hello, my friends! I would pay a visit to St.Paul's Cathedral with pleasure... Such majestic architecture and so much history and many shrines....! ><

  • eriksson977's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 7:13 AM

    Ho and Pang, Enjoyed your virtual tour. Thanks for the tips. Tomas Eriksson :)

  • Sep 17, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    I never realized there was so much sights and information packed into such a small place.


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