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4.5 out of 5
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A true multitasker, Vatican City is the seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, the home of the Pope, and the world's smallest independent state. Surrounded by the Italian capital Rome, the Vatican is also known locally for its postal service which far outstrips the Italian one for reliability and speed. Occupying about one half kilometer of Rome, The Vatican is further significant because of its fabulous architecture, religious, and artistic treasures. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the world's most famous artistic treasures, commissioned by Pope Julius II della Rovere in the 16th century. And that's just one of the treasures in the Vatican Museum's collection, which hails from from around the world. Saint Peter's Basilica is a work of architectural note, its gilded interior filled with sculpture and ornamentation, among which Michelangelo's Pieta holds a place of honor.
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    Jimmy Nadēr
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    3 Feb 12, 2014

    The smallest country in the world requires one day to visit. with all the magnificence and gold of this holy land, you get sick of it and wonder on the poor.

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    Rich Carriero
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    4 Nov 25, 2013

    Once, in a courtyard at the cafe of the Vatican Museums I had the opportunity to have a conversation with one of the Vatican guards. He told me all about the peculiarities of living in the world's smallest country. I learned that the Vatican has its own passports, its own fee-less ATM's, its own Euro coins and even its own cigarettes (which are supposed to be of higher quality).

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 25, 2013

    Most holy of Christiandom sits, Vatican City is a site to behold, as the majesty of God is displayed in all its mighty glory. The "city" is huge, bold, and majestic!

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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    The seat of the Roman Catholic church is full of precious art and soaring ceilings (not least the Sistine Chapel) sure to spark meditation on the vast glory of the world, and our relatively small size within it.

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    Rachel Greene
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Vatican City is an independent sovereign city located within a 110 acre walled area of Rome. It is home to St. Peter's Basilica and the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), as well as the infamous Vatican Museums, Gardens, and thousands of precious works of art.

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    Juno Kim
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    5 Oct 17, 2013

    The holiest Roman Catholic site in the world. The Vatican City is located right in the city of Rome. St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican City Museum, and Sistine Chapel are not to miss in your italy trip.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    5 Sep 28, 2013

    Wow! I was here for a conference and was very much impressed. Security can be very tight so don't wonder off piste.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Aug 28, 2013

    The Vatican City packs quite a holy punch. The VC only covers 44 acres, but with the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, the decadence and power of the Catholic Church remains alive and well.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 May 06, 2013

    Incredibly impressive but the lines and tourist hoards require the patience of Job. A guided tour is a highly recommended way to avoid a day of waiting.

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    Sarah Howell
    4 Apr 23, 2013

    So much to see it's almost overwhelming. If you're taking a tour along with the thousands of other people who are doing the same, make sure you're wearing something cool and bring water: the buildings weren't really meant to hold so many people, and the corridors are quite tight. If you do want to see everything there is to see, you'll definitely need at least two or three days.

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Aliases: Città del Vaticano