The modern-day home of the Popes, Vatican City is the smallest independent nation state in the world in terms of area and population. The 108 acres within the Vatican city walls house St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest Christian church in the world and an architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance and Baroque) as well as the Vatican Museums. See magnificent works of art including the Sistine Chapel with its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, ancient classical statues over 2,000 years old, exquisite frescoes by Raphael and much more.
The Vatican is the territorial seat of the Holy See, the institutional entity represented by the Pope, and hence the principal ecclesiastical seat of the Catholic Church of both East and West. Special early entrance tickets are available that allow you to skip the line and enter the Vatican before the general public is allowed entrance for a truly unique look at this extraordinary place. Contact us for more details.